New Kenyan Anti-Doping Agency To Be Set Up

A new anti-doping organisation – the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) – is to be set up with Chinese and Norwegian support, as the East African country that is one of the world’s foremost athletics nation’s battles to restore a reputation tarnished by more than 30 failed doping tests by Kenyan athletes in the past two years.

The creation of ADAK was announced in Paris at a Foundation Board meeting of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which also approved a much-needed three per cent budget increase for the Montreal-based organisation from next year, when a revised World Anti-Doping Code comes into effect.

With deficits of more than $2 million reported between 2010 and 2013 and demands on resources as onerous as ever, the agency had been forced in 2014 to take the unusual step of asking Executive Committee and Foundation Board members to meet their own costs in attending WADA meetings.

The meeting also approved the formation of a new body – an “independent, non-political” Compliance Review Committee to provide the Foundation Board with advice, guidance and recommendations on compliance matters.

WADA said that this process would enable the “implementation of practical and effective anti-doping programmes to be discussed in a coordinated fashion with every code signatory”.

On Kenya, WADA revealed that it had met Kenyan officials in Cape Town after last month’s publication of a Kenyan Anti-Doping Task Force report exploring “allegations of widespread doping among Kenyan athletes”.

WADA would now “oversee the comprehensive plan of action for establishing” ADAK, while the Chinese and Norwegian bodies would provide “technical training and guidance throughout the process”.

Asked about when ADAK was likely to commence operations, Sir Craig Reedie, WADA President, said it would be important that this should happen in time for the start of next summer’s athletics season.

Kenyan sport was recently shaken by the revelation that one of its best-known marathon runners, Rita Jeptoo, tested positive for erythropoietin prior to her victory at the Chicago Marathon on October 12.

The athlete has requested analysis of her B-sample in a bid to clear her name after failing the out-of-competition doping test.

Sir Craig said the agency was “very appreciative” of the three per cent budget increase, “particularly given the economic difficulties experienced in many parts of the world”.

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