Government on toes over WADA report
There was a sigh of relief for now after Kenya was not adversely mentioned in the damning report released on Thursday January 14 by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) independednt commission but athletes who will contravene national and international sporting rules especially in form of doping will face strident action, the government has warned.
This follows the publication of the anticipated second report that was rolled out by WADA concerning the endemic corruption and doping scandal gripping the International Association of Athletics Association (IAAF) and other athletics federations.
Local federation, Athletics Kenya was sweating after the first publication released November last year, the track powerhouse name escaped being named in the damning report by the skin of the teeth amid speculations that the country would not go unscathed in the subsequent report.
While more than 35 Kenyan athletes have been suspended for doping over the past two years, in the press briefing today WADA noted that there is a “problem” in the country adding that the independent commission would be keen on Kenya.
Richard Pound who is the former WADA president and co-author of the report said, “There may be some other independent commission that would have a look at Kenya once some of the smoke clears. But we were not authorised to go any further with that but there is clearly a problem,”
However, addressing the media at the Ministry headquarters in Nairobi, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts, Dr Hassan Wario who was accompanied by AK president Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jack Tuwei acknowledged the report where Kenya was not critically mentioned.
He said that the government will study its findings and observations in details in a bid to ensure that the country’s’ athletes compete “fairly and cleanly, upholding the high levels of integrity that is expected of all Kenyans.”
In November 2015, nine top-notch Russian athletes plus the whole country was suspended after the report suggested state-sponsored doping that was covered up during the 2012 London Olympics.
The Sports Ministry chief boss has said that the country has complied fully with the world doping watchdog and has already set up the local anti-doping which will advice the government on the status of the vice in the country.
He said that the formation of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) which has been granted an initial allocation of Ksh 500 million, to facilitae its operations in the country.
By Wycliffe Ojiambo.