Kenya Anti-Doping Agency (ADAK) received an overwhelming support from the WADA Foundation Board during their meeting that was held on Thursday (15) in Seoul, South Korea.
In May last year WADA declared Kenya as a non-compliant when the country failed to legislate itself with the World Anti-doping code.
Kenya then rushed with time before the start of Rio Olympics and after four months later the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) stopped any further monitoring against Kenya over doping, saying the country demonstrated and expressed its commitment to address critical issues in the fight against doping in sports.
WADA Lead Auditor Kevin Haynes disclosed that they have further directed their Compliance Unit not to proceed with the Compliance Monitoring Procedure against Kenya.
Haynes through the letter then addressed to the Anti-doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) CEO Japhter Rugut, said “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.”
After the government of Kenya set up ADAK with full power to prosecute and ban the doping offenders, the office moved with speed and this year six athletes have been banned for using the banned substances with the best known athlete Jemimah Sumgong getting four years ban for doping.
With these efforts in place ADAK was recommended as the best National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) that has shown its capacity not to tolerate the menace of doping.
During the WADA Foundation Board meeting, Kenya was used as the best example when the board stated, “Following its audit in December 2016, and with Anti-Doping Norway’s and WADA’s support, the NADO implemented all correctives actions within the allocated timeline and greatly enhanced its Anti-doping program.”
ADAK through its twitter handle echoed those sentiments and said, “ADAK, and Kenya, represented at the @wada_ama Foundation Board Meeting in Seoul, South Korea, by CEO @rugut49. @wada_ama lauded ADAK as one of the National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) that moved from around zero to 100% within a short time time. #StayCleanWinRight
With this efforts being noted by WADA, ADAK has shown that ignorance is no longer a defense, spurious sicknesses is no longer a defense and so isn’t misinformation. The rising cases of athletes choosing to use drug enhancement to boost their performances dents Kenya’s reputation as an athletics powerhouse.