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Cabinet meeting at the State House has officially approved the immediate establishment of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya.

The approval will give the agency the required legal framework and release funds for its operations in the fight against doping.

This comes in the wake of revelations and ultimate suspension of Russia by the World Anti-Doping Agency from international competition over claims that the country’s top athletes may have scooped world titles while using performance enhancing drugs.

The objective of the Kenya Anti-Doping Agency are:

  1. To carry out doping control in the country.
  2. Promote the integrity of drug-free sports in the country.
  3. To oversee the prosecution of Anti-Doping cases.
  4. To promote values, information and preventive work aimed at fighting doping.
  5. To develop and execute Anti-Doping rules and regulations.

The Agency will perform the following functions.

  • To advise the Government on all relevant matters pertaining to Anti-doping;
  • Co-operate with the Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and any other anti-doping organization in carrying out anti-doping activities in Kenya;
  • Execute the enforcement of the Kenya Anti-Doping Rules and Regulations as shall be approved by WADA from time to time;
  • Carry out doping control;
  • Oversee the prosecution of anti-doping related offences before the Sports Tribunal or any other judicial body exercising jurisdiction in such matters;
  • Contribute to research related to the object of its activities;
  • Promote values, information and preventive work aimed at fighting doping;
  • Contribute in the fight against doping outside organized sport;
  • Liaise with other government agencies in eradicating the use and abuse of performance enhancing substances amongst sports persons; and
  • Promote the integrity of a drug-free sport;

The establishment of the Agency is in line with the resolutions reached at the 33rd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO on eliminating doping in sports, where State parties committed themselves to the principles of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC). The conference agreed to adopt appropriate measures such as legislation, regulation, policies, including administrative practices as a way of achieving the objectives of the convention.

During the Conference, Kenya was nominated to host the Africa Zone V Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO).

The main objectives of establishing RADO was to help the nine member countries (namely Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) to develop anti-doping programmes that are compliant with the World Anti-Doping code.

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