WADA gives Kenya another month's grace

Thu Apr 7, 2016 11:26am EDT
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NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya has been given a one-month extension to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency code and thereby avoid future sanctions, WADA said on Thursday.

The African nation, famed for its distance runners but tarnished by around 40 doping cases in recent years, missed a February deadline to establish a legal framework for its Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).

WADA's Compliance Review Committee met again this week to discuss Kenya's progress but again found that a parliamentary anti-doping bill had still not been formally adopted.

"Unless the bill, policy and ADAK rules are formally adopted by 2 May 2016, the Compliance Review Committee's recommendation to the WADA Foundation Board will be to declare the ADAK non-compliant," WADA said in a statement.

While non-compliance could, in the worst case scenario, stop Kenyan athletes competing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, an ADAK source told Reuters the situation would be resolved.

"We are proceeding to Mombasa to consult with the Parliamentary Committee on Labour and Sports so that when the bill comes for a second reading ... we will be on the same page," said the source who declined to be identified.

"We have no doubt things will be fine."

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President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie gestures during an interview with Reuters at the WADA symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse