The government has shifted its focus on coaches, agents and training in its crackdown on netting drug cheats in the country’s anti-doping war.
Sports minister Dr Hasan Wario said there’s been too much attention being focused on individual athletes instead of focusing on the other players in the sporting industry.
“There has been a widespread condemnation of athletes whereas there are other players in the sporting industry who are the conduits of the banned substances to the sportsmen and women. We will go for everyone,” said Wario.
Wario said the government through the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) will visit training camps and vet coaches, agents and managers of the athletes.
He said in most cases coaches and agents were privy or even being the main perpetrators of having athletes dope. Some of this illegal activity take place during training in camps.
He warned coaches and agents of stringent measures should they get implicated for being involved in abetting doping.
The minister said the agents need to be registered by the government for easy monitoring of their activities.
He said they will extend to training gyms where recreational drugs were being used and abused as they contained banned substances.
“Use of recreational drugs is harmful and unfortunately most of its users who are mainly found in gyms don’t have information. Therefore, ADAK officials will visit gyms for sensitization which is part of the anti-doping agency’s mandate,” he said.
Wario was speaking during the launch of the ADAK strategic plan in Nairobi on Wednesday.
The minister said given the steps Kenya has taken in complying with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code he has been appointed to be member of the continental anti-doping body.
ADAK chief executive Japher Kiplimo Rugut said the anti-doping body needed ShKsh2.5 Billion to implement its 2016/17-2019/20 strategic plan.
|ADAK is still young and only growing teeth and has a lot of ground to cover. With the goodwill of our government and partners we shall succeed,” he said.
He said ADAK has already embarked on a massive anti-doping education targeting youth with an objective of sensitizing them