Kenya says confident of meeting WADA anti-doping compliance deadline
18 March 2016, 18:04
Nairobi - Kenya said on Thursday it is confident of meeting an April 5
deadline set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to comply with its
regulations by passing a law against doping.
The East African nation has been a world beater in
long-distance running, but it missed a WADA deadline in February to implement
Some 40 Kenyan athletes have been banned for doping in the
last three years. If WADA decides that Kenya is not complying with its rules
properly, the country's track and field athletes could miss out on the Rio de
Janeiro Olympics in August.
The regulations also apply to other sports.
Japhter Rugut, chief executive officer of the Anti-Doping
Agency of Kenya (ADAK), told a seminar on doping in Kapsabet in Western Kenya
that the way is clear for parliament to pass the bill into law to fulfill a
major condition of WADA and criminalize doping in Kenya.
"The consultant and WADA’s legal experts went through
the two documents, and the contentious areas were agreed upon. The documents
have already been returned to us, and I hope by tomorrow afternoon the draft will
be ready,” Rugut said.
One of the issues that was clarified was Kenya's
constitutional requirement in making laws where the process must go through
public participation, he said.
Rugut said he was optimistic Kenya would meet the April 5
deadline set by WADA.
“We have fulfilled most of the WADA requirements,” he said.
“WADA wanted a fully fledged independent agency which is not
a branch of the ministry or its department. An agency that is beyond influence
from external forces,” he said.