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• High rate of doping in Kenya worries Obiri ahead of Olympic Games

NAIROBI, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri has warned Kenyan athletes that they risk missing invitations to compete at lucrative global competition if the rate of doping cheats continues increasing.

Obiri, who has a back injury and has stepped out of competition to allow for her rehabilitation, said most Kenyan elite runners are looked with skepticism whenever they win international races as many cases of doping are being confirmed on monthly basis.

And though the responsibility of doping is individual, the 30-year-old Obiri said the country's image has been tainted and they need to take drastic action to criminalize the offense and curb its spread to the upcoming generation.

"I know that am running clean and get tested every now and then. But we have a menace in our system and we want the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to take strict and punitive measures against those implicated."

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