Swedish Athletics came out hard on Kenya and Ethiopia on Monday when it announced target restrictions on these two middle and distance running power house. In a straight move to discourage it’s athletes from training there.
In the new restriction floated by Sweden Athletics authority, the Kenya and Ethiopian will now face intense scrutiny before competing in Sweden.
This came after the Swedish Athletics Association on Monday said they are sharpening rules for athletes who train in countries where out-of-competition tests are not quite advanced, with Kenya and Ethiopia classified in this category.
According to EME News, an independent track and field information agency, quoting Swedish public broadcaster SVT, Swedish Athletics Association secretary general Stefan Olsson has expressed concerns over the capacity of anti-doping testing in Kenya and Ethiopia.
“There is no prohibition on going there, but if they do, we should really have knowledge of where the athletes are, how long they should be there, with what training group, coach and manager they train with,” Olsson said.
“It may be that we contact Swedish anti-doping so that they can add extra resources before, during and after these trips,” he added.