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This could be a devastating blow to Kenya and set the country back decades in athletics. The last time Kenya boycotted the Olympics in 1976 and 1980, Kenya was knocked back considerably and only managed 2 medals in 1984 games.

Many athletes in their prime like Henry Rono lost sure medals, and in a fury of frustration he set four amazing world records in the summer 78. Mike Boit was another athlete sadly missed at 1976 games. Boit was at the top of his game chasing Seb Core to world records in 800.

It would have been nice to see a rivalry between Boit and the Cuban sensation Guatorino who dominated 400 and 800, only to disappear shorty thereafter.

So here have been some high profile doping incidents that point to a growing problem in the last decade that must be dealt with. As a third world nation, Kenya deserves a chance to correct this with modern anti doping regimes and education and deal with cultural taboos that find random testing too invasive.

The government is serious enough to issue 100 million in this effort. I believe the nation can get Parliament to authorize and fund a world class anti doping authority in shoirt order because athletics is that important to Kenya and is the national sport on which her world fame was founded.
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Ngugi was a speaker at a school function I attended as a high school student in Kenya in mid 60's. I have spent most of y adult life as an American, actually retiring from  a teaching career of 30 years, and yet suit case in the mind still beckons.  Home is where the heart is, not where ones earns a living. When Wathiongo decided decided to depart from writing in English and opt to writing in his Kikuyu mother's tongue, what he termed as decolonizing of the mind, it was a powerful affirmation of his love for his  country of birth and cultural connection despite year of exile. But things have changes in recent decades. The global economy and ease of travel means that people are increasingly choosing to live and work in other countries, something that was uncommon in Ngugi's generation.   
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I have pondered why countries neighboring Kenya, notably Tanzania has such a hard time producing world class athletes recently, despite her her famous athletes in the past, such as Filbert Bayi, Nyambui and others. Cultural conditions such as diet, training and life style are not that different between east African nations yet non can match the success of Kenya. Ethiopia does produce good middle and long distance runners who perform well at International championships, but no where near the volume that Kenya has produced in the last few decades. Tanzanian youth luck role models and possibly inadequate local competition. It is said that the Kenyan trial for world or Olympic 3,000 steeple is tougher that the Olympic final when you have to beat the world's best 30 runners in the distance. The same applies to 800, 1,500 etc. There is no big secret to Kenya's success but a country awash with successful athletes, and youth wanting to emulate them.
  
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The power of fire hoses is evident.
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Another look at the action to stomp out the fire on whisker row.
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Up close watching fire fighting in action.
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A wide angle view of the whiskey row fire fighing task.
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