Anti-Drug Body Censures Athletics Kenya President

January 2, 2015

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. indict / ɪnˈdaɪt/ (v.) – to formally accuse someone of something
Example: The authorities indicted the official for his poor conduct.

2. positive /ˈpɒz ɪ tɪv/ (adj.) – being confirmed or existent
Example: He tested positive for illegal drugs.

3. lax /laks/ (adj.) – being careless or not strict
Example: The president was lax with his security despite several death threats.

4. summon /ˈsʌm ən/ (v.) – to call or order someone to come in a court or a meeting
Example: The official was summoned to a private meeting with the president.

5. constructive /kənˈstrʌk tɪv/ (adj.) – helpful for one’s improvement
Example: He gave constructive advice on how to create an effective report.


Read the text below.
The Kenyan anti-doping taskforce has indicted Isaiah Kiplagat [ki-PLA-gat], president of Athletics Kenya (AK), for failing to act on cases involving athletes who used performance-enhancing drugs.

According to a report by the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts, Kiplagat did not take serious actions to discipline the 32 Kenyan runners who were found positive for illegal substances between 2012 and 2013. Professor Moni Wekesa of Mount Kenya University led the taskforce to investigate the cases.

Included in the investigation are the statements Matthew Kisorio made in a television documentary. Kisorio, Kenya’s team captain for 2011 Punta Umbria World Cross, tested positive for steroids during a race in 2012.

Kisorio said that hospitals and pharmacies provided the drugs for the athletes through legal prescriptions. With this, the taskforce acknowledged that few cases of drug usage among the athletes were done for treatment purposes and not for a competition.

The taskforce accused Kiplagat of being lax toward the matter despite the allegations and evidence against the athletes. The taskforce have already summoned Kiplagat twice but the AK president refused the invitation. In a letter sent to the taskforce, Kiplagat said that he will talk about the report’s findings after he has studied it.

In line with this, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) plans to help Kenya form a new anti-doping group tasked to fight the widespread drug usage among its athletes. WADA’s Director General David Howman said they had already set a constructive meeting with Kenya’s officials.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Why do you think some athletes still use drugs despite the laws against it?
·         How do you think Kiplagat should answer the allegations against his office?

Discussion B

·         Should athletes who cheated be banned from their sports forever? Why or why not?
·         If you were an athlete, what would you do in order to make sure that you win competitions? Please explain your answer.

January 2, 2015