CABINET APPROVES ESTABLISHMENT OF ANTI-DOPING AGENCY OF KENYA

NAIROBI, Nov 14 (NNN-KBC) — The Cabinet has approved the fast tracking of the establishment of Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya, ADAK.

In a meeting convened Friday at State House Nairobi the Cabinet set out the objectives of the Anti Doping Agency which despite being in existence its efficacy has been in doubt: The agency has the mandate of: carrying out doping control in the country, Promote the integrity of drug-free sports in the country and to oversee the prosecution of Anti-Doping cases among other functions.

The agency will also be tasked with Co-operating with the Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in carrying out anti-doping activities in Kenya.

The Cabinet directive comes amidst a WADA’s independent commission report recommended Russia be suspended from all athletics competitions and accused the country of “sabotaging” the London 2012 Olympic Games with a systematic method of “covering-up, destroying and paying money to conceal doping tests”.

A section of the international press has also urged the world athletics governing athletics governing body, IAAF to institute doping tests amongst Kenyan and Ethiopian runners after a number of them including 3 time Boston Marathon champion Ritaa Jepto was handed a two year ban after testing positive for a banned blood boosting substance EPO. — NNN-KBC