Kenya has been 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.
After Kenya was declared non-compliant a delegation led Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed, travelled to Montral to meet with WADA officials and came up with a road map that will see Kenya fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.
The Kenyan Parliament was recalled from recess on May 26 to urgently handle the anti doping legislation that was passed and assented into law by the president but dismissed by WADA.
Kenya was required to adopt the negotiated amendments as agreed in a meeting with the World Anti Doping Agency officials and Kenyan delegation.
The amended clauses were presented to Parliament, passed before getting presidential assent, then present the amended Bill passed by Kenya’s Parliament to WADA.
WADA’s Director General, David Howman said Kenya was declared non-compliant because certain laws were not consistent with the World Anti-Doping Code.