Wada removes Kenya from doping watchlist

By Our Reporter

Kenya got a reprieve after it was removed from the list of countries
being monitored by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) over doping.

Wada stopped any further monitoring against Kenya after the country
was found to have been able to compliant and committed in the fight
against doping in sports.

In an official communication by Wada Lead Auditor Kevin Haynes to the
Anti Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK), he directed Wada’s Compliance Unit
not to proceed with the Compliance Monitoring Procedure against Kenya.

“We have reviewed all the documents provided and concluded that you
have successfully addressed all critical and important corrective
actions as outlined in the Final Audit Report,” said Haynes in a
letter dated September 1, this year to Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya
(Adak) Chief Executive Officer, Japhter Rugut.

“On behalf of the audit team, I would like to thank you again for your
cooperation and commitment to the fight against doping in sport,” said
Haynes.

In the letter, Haynes said Wada will continue to monitor Kenya’s
implementation of anti-doping programs and also be available for any
assistance or support to ADAK if required.

Haynes noted that Kenya’s case was not presented to the Compliance
Review Committee on August 22, 2017, as outlined in the letter dated 9
August 2017.

Kenya was still WADA’s watch list even after Wada removed the country
from its Doping Code’s non-compliant list in August last year
following the country’s move to enact anti-doping laws.

In a statement from Adak, Rugut lauded Wada for their support in
ensuring that Adak complied with all the audit requirements and
acknowledging the role Adak played in ensuring that Kenya continues to
participate in international sporting events.

Kenya was declared non-compliant on May 12, 2016 despite the
fast-tracked passing of the Anti-Doping Law of 2016 placed the
unwanted spotlight on the nation’s revered track and field team.

Kenya got into trouble with WADA after the country missed two
deadlines to comply with the Code or risk her athletes being thrown
out of international competition including the Olympics whose opening
ceremony is on Friday.

The establishment of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) and
enactment of anti-doping legislation were listed as key requirements
as the anti-doping watchdog clamped down on Kenya to deal with the
menace of using banned performance enhancing substances.

On June 16, 2016, WADA approved the changes made to the faulty
anti-doping legislation which had earlier been passed by parliament
before it was signed by President Uhuru shortly after.

The new law is being felt with authorities cracking down on suspects
with already two Italians and five Kenyans being charged offences
related to doping.

Kenyan athletes were placed on the world athletics governing body
(IAAF) radar list till December last year while the International
Olympics Committee (IOC) allowed the country’s athletes to compete at
the 2016 Rio Olympics but were tested twice and results processed by
internationally accredited labs before being allowed to compete.

The Regional Anti-Doping Organization (Rado) Africa Zone V was
mandated to conduct the tests at the team’s camp in Eldoret because of
ADAK’s non recognition by IOC slapped with the non-compliant tag.

When WADA’s board met in Montreal, Canada in May last year, its
compliance committee had ruled that Kenya was “non-compliant, citing
issues related to the anti-doping legislation.

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