Kenya has responded to the current debate on doping by outlining the measures being taken to curb the menace that is threatening to soil the country’s number one sporting discipline.
In a joint communiqué between the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK), The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK), Africa Zone V Regional Anti-Doping Organization and Athletics Kenya, the country acknowledged the seriousness of the doping in the country and outlined initiatives by the Government and other agencies in the fight against cheating in sports.
Among the measures by the government is the establishment of an autonomous National Anti-Doping Agency whose members have been inducted and the training of Doping Control Officers that has been carried out and the random testing of athletes both in and out-of competitions in collaboration with Regional Ant-doping Organization (RADO).
“Institutions and individuals aiding and abetting doping among athletes are on government watch list. The government has spent USD 150, 000 on anti-doping programs and activities and we will stay focus in the fight against doping in sports and work with stakeholders to eradicate the vice,” read the seven-point statement after meeting at Riadha House.
It further explains that the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) are in collaboration with Ant-doping Norway, China Ant-doping and the World Ant-Doping Agency (WADA) to ensure Kenya has a robust National Anti-Doping Organization capable of embracing and disseminating anti-doping programs and activities.
“That the office of the Sports Registrar has been put in place to ensure registration of all agents and managers before they are allowed to work with Kenyans athletes. The government is working to fast track the legislation process,” added the release signed by Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya chairman, National Olympic Committee of Kenya President Kipchoge Keino and his Athletics Kenya counterpart Gen. Jackson Tuwei.
The officials reiterated their commitment to the fight against doping and adherence to principles of fair play. “We strongly caution any athlete, athlete support personnel, Medical practitioners, officials and institutions who engage in this malpractice that they will be dealt with in accordance with the relevant laws.”
Their reaction comes after National Olympic Committee of Kenya expressed concern on the issue of doping and lamenting over the slow pace of anti-doping activities.