Gov’t to address contentious anti-doping laws to avoid ban

By KBC Reporter

Sports Cabinet Secretary Dr. Hassan Wario has said the government will move swiftly to address the contentious clauses to Kenya’s anti-doping laws for the country to regain full compliance and avoid an imminent ban.

Kenya’s anti-doping agency was declared “non-compliant” by the World Anti-Doping Agency code late Thursday, throwing the country’s participation in the Rio Summer Games into question, with less than three months before the event that officially kicks off on the 5th of August

According to WADA’s compliance review committee (CRC) chairman Rene Bouchard, CRC cited issues with Kenya’s new legislation which it says is not in line with the WADA code.

The most likely cause for the problem seems to have stemmed from the amendments made to ADAK’S Anti-Doping bill by the National Assembly, before it was assented to by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Deputy President William Ruto said the latest developments would mean some the world’s top athletes are at risk of missing out on important games in the globe saying everything was being done to correct the situation.

Among the contentious issues relates to clause 7 of the Anti-Doping bill that touches on the functions and standards of the agency, clause 10 that is about the composition of the agency’s board, clause 17 that covers the appointment of the board’s Chief Executive Officer, clause 29 that is on the appointment of anti-doping compliance officers and their authority.





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