A team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) stormed Kampala at the weekend to test World and Commonwealth Games steeplechase champion Dorcus Inzikuru.
By Norman Katende
A team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) stormed Kampala on Saturday to test World and Commonwealth Games steeplechase champion Dorcus Inzikuru.
The team, that tracks the worldâ€™s top athletes for random blood and urine tests to cleanse sports of drug cheats, raced to Kampala after bouncing at Inzziâ€™s training camp in Iten, Kenya.
Inzikuru travelled to Kampala to take part in the Stanbic Bank organised Charity Run on Sunday.
Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) secretary Beatrice Ayikoru confirmed the WADA team visited Kampala.
â€œWADA takes samples even outside competitions. They do not announce when and where they will test and all we give them are the athletesâ€™ programmes and training venues,â€ Ayikoru said yesterday.
â€œThey follow up athletes wherever they are in the world.â€
Ayikoru said WADA does not even contact the national federations before they enter a country. â€œMost times, we do not even know the tests are carried out. We just know after getting the results,â€ she said.
Ugandaâ€™s two gold medalists, Inzikuru and Kiprop had the mandatory after-race tests in Melbourne.
Inzikuru was only able to give sampleâ€™s nearly three hours after the race, which according to WADA official Dr.James Sekajugo, usually happens with long distance runners. â€œLong distance athletes are virtually dehydrated at the end of the race and even if they drink lots of fluid after that, the body uses it up very fast, so it takes a long time to get urine from them,â€ he said.
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