Kenya is “fully co-operating” with the World Anti-Doping Agency, said the country’s sports minister Hassan Wario in an attempt to prove Kenya is tackling cheating in
athletics. “We are going to continue engaging WADA to ensure that Kenya reaches compliance status,” Wario is quoted as saying BBC following a statement by IAAF President Seb Coe that he as prepared to ban Kenya from the Rio 2016 Olympics. Having issued a deadline to provide assurances to WADA, Kenya was placed on a ‘watch-list’ of nations at risk of breaching the agency’s code.
Meanwhile, the sports minister announced that Kenya has taken the following steps to combat its doping problem: Releasing 300 million Kenyan Shillings (approx. 3 million US$) to the Anti Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak); Identifying offices for Adak, with the aim of moving into them by April, obtaining anti-doping equipment, deploying staff to Adak, completing a policy memo, which has been forwarded to the Kenyan cabinet.
This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.