Kenya: Uhuru Signs Anti-Doping Amendment Bill Into Law

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday signed the 2016 Anti-Doping (Amendment) Bill into law.

This clears the way for the World Anti-Doping Agency to review Kenya’s compliance with its code.

Wada’s compliance committee had ruled that Kenya was “non-compliant” when its board met in Montreal, Canada, in May this year, citing issues related to the anti-doping legislation that had been hastily passed by Parliament in April.

“We look forward to Wada’s review and declaration of Kenya as compliant with existing rules,” said the President.

“Kenya has always supported clean sport and will continue to do so,” he added.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) chairman Kipchoge Keino and Solicitor-General Njee Muturi were also present during the signing of the crucial Bill.

Kenya, an athletics giant, missed two Wada deadlines to show it is tackling cheating in sport. The country won 11 medals at the London 2012 Olympics and topped the table at the World Championships in Beijing last year with 16 medals.

But the country has become mired in doping and bribery allegations, with more than 40 athletes failing drugs tests since 2011. Wada placed it on a “watch list” of nations at risk of breaching its code and gave it until April 5 to comply.

Source: The Nation