Less crime, and fewer incarcerations

first_imgOverflowing prison populations and high rates of violent crime once made New York City a metaphor for the urban decay confronting America’s cities. But over the last two decades crime in the nation’s largest city has declined steeply, with murders plummeting from 2,200 in 1990 to 350 in 2015.Given the popularity of incarceration as a crime-control strategy in the United States during this time, a casual mid-’90s observer could be forgiven for hypothesizing that such a miraculous decline in crime would surely be the result of a massive increase in imprisonment.But a paper released today, “Better by Half: The New York City Story of Winning Large-Scale Decarceration While Increasing Public Safety,” suggests quite the opposite. In fact, New York City’s crime decline was coupled with a sustained and dramatic reduction in incarceration, allowing the state to close more than a dozen prisons and save tens of millions of dollars. New York is now not only the safest big city in the United States, but also one with the fewest incarcerations for its size.The paper was co-authored by Judith Greene, executive director of Justice Strategies, and Vincent Schiraldi, senior research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management and a former New York City probation commissioner.“Not only does the New York story show that substantial reductions in incarceration are realistic and attainable, but also that safety can be improved at the same time,” said Schiraldi. “While prison and jail populations grew across the nation and even within the state of New York, New York City actually made an about-face on incarceration and crime. Cities can actually be safer with substantial decreases in incarceration, and states should follow the lead of this remarkable reform.”The paper documents that between 1996 and 2014, New York City’s serious crime rate fell by 58 percent, while the combined jail and prison incarceration rate fell by 55 percent. Despite the fact that the city’s population grew by more than a million during this time, the number of residents behind bars declined by 31,120. In contrast, the same period saw the national incarceration rate grow by 12 percent, accompanied by a more modest decrease in serious crime of 42 percent.“Based on the accomplishments in states with the largest decreases in incarceration, we know that a successful decarceration recipe includes bold reform agendas, organizational moxie, and powerful public engagement,” said Greene. “New York’s unprecedented reduction in reliance on incarceration has been a bottom-up, advocacy-driven, community-focused strategy. When these ingredients include robust and sustained advocacy, we see that it is possible and realistic to reduce reliance on incarceration by half.”The paper explores the grassroots advocacy and increased numbers of responsive and reform-minded public officials at both the local and state levels that reversed the laws and practices prompting mass incarceration, including those generated during the nation’s war on drugs. Successful campaigns to reduce incarceration and abolish the harsh Rockefeller-era mandatory drug sentences were waged by groups such as the Prison Moratorium Project, the Correctional Association, and the Drug Policy Alliance.“This report reinforces the critically important role of advocacy and grassroots organizing in cutting incarceration by over 50 percent while reducing crime in New York City,” said Glenn E. Martin, founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA. “It proves that we have to be audacious in our thinking and actions to end mass incarceration, and invest in the ideas and leadership of those directly impacted in order to make big victories possible. In New York City, the next bold step is to close Rikers Island Jail Complex and invest in communities. The N.Y.C. story has inspired JustleadershipUSA’s mission, to reduce the U.S. correctional population by half by the year 2030.”The study’s co-authors point to the organizations and service providers who successfully educated judges, prosecutors, probation officials, policymakers, and the public about workable and humane alternatives to locking up New Yorkers. The New York Police Department reduced felony drug arrests by 66 percent between 1998 and 2015, even though drug use in the city remained stable.“Communities across the country are working not only for an end to the drug war and mass incarceration, but for systemic change,” said Lorenzo Jones, co-executive director of the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice. “‘Better By Half’ shows that with an informed, powerful base of directly impacted people, policy reformers, and community organizers, we can win real reform, change systems, and strengthen and secure safety and justice for all. This lesson is applicable across the country, and we hope funders, researchers, and policymakers in particular take heed.”Michael Blake of the New York State Assembly and fall fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University noted, “We are at a critical moment in time for criminal justice of ensuring that all of us are safe, improving relations between communities of color and law enforcement, and finding more ways to reduce the prison population while increasing economic opportunities for New Yorkers.”As America grapples with the challenges of and solutions to mass incarceration, the paper highlights lessons from New York City, combined with insights from California and New Jersey, arguing that it is possible to be twice as safe with half as much incarceration.“The paper by Schiraldi and Greene shows that very large cuts in incarceration need not pose any threat to public safety,” said Bruce Western, faculty chair of the Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management and former vice chair of the National Research Council Panel on the Causes and Consequences of High Incarceration Rates. “In fact, New York City may now be in a virtuous circle where low incarceration rates and low rates of crime are mutually reinforcing.”last_img read more

Josh Hart leads Lakers to victory over Clippers in season finale

first_img On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead The Lakers and Clippers hardly resembled the teams that began 2017-18, when Ball got a rude welcome to the NBA from Beverley and the Lakers were no match for their hallway rivals in a season-opening 108-92 beatdown back on Oct. 19. Ball had only three points on 1-for-6 shooting.Ball was unavailable to play Wednesday because of a sore left knee.Beverley has been sidelined since undergoing right knee surgery Nov. 22.Andre Ingram, the Lakers’ feel-good story, kept the crowd enthralled with his every dribble, pass and shot. He scored five points one night after making his NBA debut and scoring 19 points after spending 10 seasons in the G-League, including this one.Lou Williams, the Clippers’ feel-good story, couldn’t play because of a sprained right ankle that sidelined him for the final two games. Williams led the Clippers with averages of 22.6 points and 5.3 assists and is a heavy favorite to be named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.“Overall, I think it was a successful season,” Williams said. “I would say that based on what we had. I think a lot of teams would have folded a long time ago. A lot of team that would have been put in the position we were in, it probably would have been over a month or so ago.” Josh Hart scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Lakers, who led almost from start to finish. Hart made 9 of 15 shots, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range. The Lakers, who were 17 of 39 from beyond the arc, led almost from start to finish, including by as many as 22 points in the third quarter. Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant PreviousLos Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, left, talks with Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton after an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant #31 dunks the ball as Clippers Sindarius Thornwell #0 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Tobias Harris #34 grabs a rebound away from the Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant #31 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Clippers Tobias Harris #34 reacts after being called for a fouls as teammates Tyrone Wallace #13 and Sam Dekker #7 stand nearby during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lakersu2019 Tyler Ennis #31 and Thomas Bryant #31 collied while going after a loose ball during their game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Sam Dekker #7 lays the ball up during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Montrezl Harrell #5 shoots the ball during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Ivica Zubac #40 grabs a rebound away from the Clippers Sam Dekker #7 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Tyrone Wallace #12 dunks the ball as the Lakersu2019 Ivica Zubac #40 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Julius Randle #30 shoots as the Clippers Tobias Harris #34 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell #0 goes to the hoop as the Lakersu2019 Brook Lopez #11 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers DeAndre Jordan #6 is fouled by the Lakersu2019 Josh Hart #5 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers DeAndre Jordan #6 grabs a pass as the Lakersu0092 Brook Lopez #11 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant blocks a shot by the Clippers’ Sindarius Thornwell (0) during Wednesday’s ragged season finale at Staples Center. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Andre Ingram, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Andre Ingram, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and guard Austin Rivers defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Gary Payton II defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Clippers DeAndre Jordan and Lakers coach Luke Walton end their seasons with a handshake after their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Sam Dekker #7 and the Lakersu2019 Gary Payton II #23 battle for a rebound during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Gary Payton II #23 shoots as the Clippers Boban Marjanovic #51 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Alex Caruso #4 lays the ball up during their game against the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers Sam Dekker #7 drives to the basket during their game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu0092 Tyler Ennis #10 passes the ball as the Clippers Sam Dekker #7, Boban Marjanovic #51 and Tyrone Wallace #12 defend during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Gary Payton II #23 shoots as the Clippers Boban Marjanovic #51 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Lakersu2019 Tyler Ennis #10 passes the ball as the Clippers Tyrone Wallace #12 defends during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Clippers C.J. Williams #9 passes the ball in-between the Lakersu2019 Tyler Ennis #10 and Travis Wear #21 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 115 to 100. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Gary Payton II vie for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward C.J. Williams, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Travis Wear defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Andre Ingram, left, talks with Los Angeles Clippers forward C.J. Williams after an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, left, of Croatia, grabs a rebound away from Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, of Serbia, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Gary Payton II, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, of Serbia, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers sit on the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, left, talks with Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton after an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant #31 dunks the ball as Clippers Sindarius Thornwell #0 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 37The Lakersu2019 Thomas Bryant #31 dunks the ball as Clippers Sindarius Thornwell #0 looks on during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Lakers and Clippers had one final run before hanging the “Gone Fishing” sign on Staples Center. Meaningless games are now the norm for the Lakers, who missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, but something new for the Clippers.Neither team looked as it was intended, with the Lakers playing without injured regulars Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Isaiah Thomas and the Clippers going without Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley, Jawun Evans, Danilo Gallinari, Milos Teodosic and Lou Williams.The game barely resembled NBA basketball, a ragged 48-minute finale.By night’s end, the injury-depleted Lakers defeated the injury-depleted Clippers 115-100. The Lakers ended their season with a 35-47 record, the most victories they’ve had since they won 45 in 2012-13, which also was the last time they advanced to the playoffs.center_img The Clippers finished with a 42-40 record, their fewest wins in a full 82-game season since going 32-50 in 2010-11, the season before Chris Paul landed in their laps instead of the Lakers’ because of “basketball reasons,” in the immortal words of then-commissioner David Stern.The Clippers’ streak of consecutive playoff appearances ended at six.Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 23 points. DeAndre Jordan scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds in what could be his final game with the only team for which he has played during his 10-season career. He can opt out of his contract, although there’s been no indication he will.“Whenever that time comes, we’ll address it, and figure out what’s the best option for me and my family and my career,” Jordan said of possibly opting out and signing elsewhere. “I want to be where I’m wanted and I want to continue my career where I have a chance to contend and win again.“That’s really what I’m looking at.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers – “It was a full team effort tonight, which I thought was fitting for our season that we’ve had and what we’ve tried to emphasize as far as the type of culture we want,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “And I thought it was nice that everyone kind of got a chance to kind of do their thing and different guys contributed throughout the game.”The Lakers are ascending because of Ball, Ingram, Kuzma and other young players.The Clippers are rebuilding without falling to pieces after trading Paul and Blake Griffin.What happens next is anyone’s guess.The NBA draft lottery is May 15. The draft is June 21. Free agency begins July 1.It’s highly likely each team will look far different when 2018-19 training camps being next fall.Related Articleslast_img read more

Purple & Bold: LeBron James is watching Zion Williamson through a unique lens

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“When I first saw it I was like, ‘Oh sh–,’ like everybody else,” James said. “He ripped through his shoe making a routine move that he’s made countless times. Second thing that went through my mind was kind of the same injury that I had on Christmas day. My other side slipped and the other side took the punishment. His left foot slipped and busted out his shoe and his right knee …“I have no comment on what he should do for his future,” James went on, in regard to whether he thought Williamson should forego the remainder of the college season. “If he needed any advice, he could find a way to find me. But it’s not for you guys; it’s not for someone to go sit across the table and say, ‘LeBron said this about this kid.’”Fair enough. But because the kid – perhaps you’ve heard? – officially will be lacing ’em up tonight for the first time as an NBA player today when the New Orleans Pelicans face the San Antonio Spurs (6:30 p.m., ESPN), let’s consider some of what James has said about him.Before Williamson was hurt last February, James made the 35-minute aerial commute to Charlottesville, Virginia, with agent Rich Paul and Lakers teammates Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo to catch Williamson’s second-ranked Blue Devils defeat the No. 4 Cavaliers.“What strikes me? His agility and his quickness,” James said then to ESPN. “For his size, how strong he is, to be able to move like the way he moves, he’s very impressive. I mean, everybody can see the athleticism. That’s obvious, that’s ridiculous. But the speed and the quickness that he moves (with) at that size is very impressive.” And then last May, on his HBO show “The Shop,” James shared more thoughts on Williamson, whose play and potential has generated buzz fit for The King, earning high praise and the high pressure that come with those regular comparisons.“I’ve watched him a lot over the last year,” James said of Williamson, who was on the verge of leaving college to become the No. 1 overall pick in last summer’s draft. “Obviously I was with everybody (in regard to) him coming out of high school. I was like, ‘OK, all this competition that he’s playing against, these little short-a– white kids, he’s dunking on them, dunking over (them) every single time. Can he play? Can he play, like can he play ball?’“And you know, the one thing that I noticed with his one year at Duke, that his energy was infectious, man,” James said. “Every possession it seemed like he could make a difference on the outcome of the game.”Finally, after the 6-foot-6, 284-pound forward missed the Pelicans’ first 44 games while recovering from a surgically repaired lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, James – whose Lakers face the Knicks today at Madison Square Garden – and the rest of us will start to learn how Williamson’s game translates in the NBA.“I’m always open for guys like that, I know a little bit of what he’s going through,” James said before this season’s opener, soon after the news broke that Williamson would need knee surgery.“If he wants some guidance and tips, I got him. But I’m not gonna do it for you guys.”The Lakers (34-9) are 2-0 this season against a Zion-less Pelicans (17-27) squad. The teams will face each other twice more, on Feb. 25 at Staples Center and March 1 in New Orleans.— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingTour LeBron – The Lakers star showed up to surprise 50 New York teens who’ll benefit from a free yearlong membership to the City Bike program.‘Disrespectful’ – James on debris thrown at his son Bronny during Sierra Canyon’s game on Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts.The worst – The megawatt game that wasn’t Monday – and why.Being a social media cult hero has its drawbacks – Checking in with Alex Caruso, whose popularity boosted him to fourth place in All-Star fan voting among Western Conference guards.You’ve got mail – Kyle Goon shared his expertise on everything you wanted to know about, from Jason Kidd to what the first-place Lakers still might want.Defensive effort – Kyle Kuzma wants to give it.Zion Watch – Remember when James and Anthony Davis sat courtside to see Zion take on the Knicks in Summer League action?It’s official – Dwight Howard will compete in the slam dunk contest.center_img Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Jan. 22 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.A Lakers’ media availability last February delivered another reminder of LeBron James’ role as a superstar – and as a superstar spokesman, the leading voice on matters related to his sport and fellow superstars alike.Because Zion Williamson had just blown through his shoe in the opening minute of Duke’s game against North Carolina the previous night (a frightening, freaky incident that resulted in a Grade 1 mild right knee sprain), James was asked about it.He offered a perspective that day that was honest, empathetic, ultimately professional.last_img read more

Kenyan athletics in dock again over doping

first_imgAthletics powerhouse Kenya are once again in the eye of a doping storm just a month out from the Olympic Games after the latest investigation by German television channel ARD and The Sunday Times.Saturday’s documentary alleges doping is rife at the elite training centre in Iten.Previous joint research by ARD and the British newspaper led to the banning of the Russian athletics’ team from the Games for state sponsored doping.Over the past three years some 40 Kenyan athletes have failed doping tests, shredding their reputation for probity and laying bare the reality behind their reputation as the most dominant middle to long distance running nation in the world.The allegations will come as a major blow as it follows only weeks after Kenyan lawmakers passed into law — after being threatened with a similar sanction as the Russians by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) — legislation making it a criminal act to either dope or to supply such products.The documentary, largely filmed with a hidden camera, says it successfully infiltrated one of their team posing as an athlete into the training centre which is a favoured spot for distance runners, both Kenyan and European, as it is at high altitude 2400 metres above sea level.The documentary shows images of boxes of the endurance boosting drug EPO on the inside of the training centre and used syringes dumped in a bin.EPO is shown to be widely available in the pharmacies around the centre whilst two doctors are only too willing to propose supplying the journalist posing as an athlete with doping products.Very shockingOne of the two doctors claims to have supplied “more than 50” athletes, including three British runners, based on his guarantee he could dramatically improve their performances in “three months”.“Even if the athletes are subjected to doping tests they will find nothing,” says the doctor. “That is what the top level athletes take.”The same doctor, according to ARD, when approached again retracted his claims and said he had nothing to do with doping and to have made up supplying the products.However, both he and the other doctor featured have since been arrested by Kenyan police according to ARD.A man said to be the coach of an Olympic champion, appearing with his face hidden, confirms the claims made in the documentary.“The great majority of the athletes who appear out of nowhere are doped,” he says.The chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, Nicole Sapstead, said the report was “of grave concern and of significant interest”, adding they were investigating.“I can confirm that this evidence is being treated with the utmost importance and urgency, and two UKAD staff are currently in Kenya pursuing a number of lines of enquiry,” she said in a statement.Japhter Rugut, head of the Kenyan anti-doping agency, said the revelations were “very shocking”.“We can see that we have a lot of problems at grassroots level and we will work with the police so as to weed out all those implicated in these criminal activities, both sports people and doctors, who will have to answer for their actions,” he told ARD.“We want to go to Rio with a clean team.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more