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WADA declares Kenyan National Anti-Doping Organization non-compliant

WADA Foundation Board declares Kenyan National Anti-Doping Organization non compliant after calls from members for tougher consequences for non-compliance and further investigations.

Kenyan athletes in a match past at a major championships
Kenyan athletes in a match past at a major championships

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has declared the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) non-compliant with its Code after its Foundation Board Meeting on Thursday.

A WADA statement released after the board meeting stated:

“In keeping with the enhanced compliance process under the 2015 Code, the Foundation Board declared the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) non-compliant with immediate effect.

“The Kenyan authorities had been given a series of deadlines to introduce a parliamentary bill, policy and rules for the ADAK; however, following a 2 May meeting, WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) confirmed that the outstanding issues had still not been addressed and so made the recommendation of non-compliance to the Board.

“As in all cases of non-compliance, WADA will now hand the decision over to its stakeholders, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and UNESCO for their consideration and action.”

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Arts and Culture, Dr. Hassan Wario told a local newspaper, Citizen Kenya, in a message that he had received a letter of notice from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) declaring the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya non-compliant with its Code.

Wario said that sections of the Kenyan Anti-Doping Law of 2016 that was signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 22 April will need to be amended without delay for Kenya to avert an international suspension.

“I am glad to inform you that WADA has officially written to me about ADAK’s non-compliance with the Code,” CS Wario said. “They attached the areas of the Act which they want re-written or rectified for us to regain full compliance as soon as possible.”

“Meaning that as soon as parliament reviews those highlighted bits of the legislation we are fully compliant. No ban was mentioned in the body of the letter,” Wario added.

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Also during the WADA Foundation Board Meeting, there were calls from some Board Members for tougher consequences for non-compliance and for further investigations into the new doping allegations made by some US media outlets.

The WADA Foundation Board also tackled other topics – ranging from the IOC’s proposed Independent Testing Authority and the need for greater funding as demands on the Agency increase.

“WADA heard the call today from its Foundation Board members; in particular, its Athlete Committee members, who asked for tougher consequences for non-compliance and for further investigations,” said WADA President Sir Craig Reedie.

“We understand fully that, in the current climate, with new doping allegations surfacing, we have work to do to further secure athletes’ confidence in clean sport.

“We appreciate the sense of urgency in light of the upcoming Rio Games and I can assure you that we take this responsibility very seriously,” Reedie concluded.

Non compliance and new allegations

The Polish Commission Against Doping in Sport [Poland’s National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO)] was added to WADA’s compliance ‘watch list’.

The Commission was given a deadline of 12 August to pass Code compliant rules; and, 12 September to resolve the issue of their result management process or face an immediate declaration of non-compliance.

Meanwhile, the NADO of Andorra was removed from the list of non-compliant Code signatories.

The Board was provided a status update regarding current testing in Russia that highlighted some limitations with its program. This update caused some alarm with members as to whether or not athletes could be assured that Russians were being properly tested in the lead up to Rio.

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When asked his view, Reedie said: “There is clearly still a long road ahead for RUSADA; and, this update indicates that much work needs to be done; however, now that WADA has two independent experts in place, I feel much more confident that the issues we are currently facing will be addressed without delay.”

The Board also discussed the topic of further investigations to WADA’s Independent Commission. This follows appeals that have been made and repeated by WADA’s Athlete Committee and other stakeholders to investigate further.

“WADA understands that athletes of the world were alarmed by the Commission’s outcomes; and, are concerned that other countries and sports may have similar problems,” said Reedie.

“While the Independent Commission was very effective, it’s important to note that there are many different forms of investigation and that the great majority of doping information and intelligence doesn’t necessitate an independent inquiry like the Commission,” he continued.

“An example of this is our reaction to the recent CBS 60 Minutes allegations concerning Sochi, which we are probing,” he said. “There are many other ways to collect information and intelligence, including via our strengthened compliance program; the Athlete Biological Passport; and, WADA’s enhanced whistleblower program.

In the event that it is determined that independent inquiry is needed, we will have established an investigations fund from which we could draw — an action that I committed to during the previous Foundation Board meeting.”

The Foundation Board also approved the holding of a Fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport in 2019. The Fourth World Conference took place in November 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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