Olympic track power Kenya told how to fix doping law

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By Isaack Omulo and George Obulutsa

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya has been told what it needs to do to fall in line with the code of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), its sports minister said on Friday, a day after it was judged non-compliant and placed at risk of missing the Rio Olympics.

Kenya passed an act of parliament in April to criminalise doping, but WADA said on Thursday it needed to make changes to ensure compliance with the code, which sets a framework for consistent rules and policies around the world.

The WADA ruling meant Kenya, for decades a leading power in middle- and long-distance running, could be in danger of exclusion from the Aug. 5-21 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The International Association of Athletics Federations said WADA's action highlighted the IAAF's concerns about Kenya's commitment to tackle doping.

Kenyan Sports Minister Hassan Wario said WADA had written to him and "attached the areas of the act which they want to be rewritten or rectified for us to regain full compliance as soon as possible.

"Meaning that as soon as parliament reviews those highlighted bits of the legislation we are fully compliant. No ban was mentioned in the body of the letter," Wario said in a statement.

Earlier, the presidential office said President Uhuru Kenyatta met the minister and other top officials "over WADA compliance issues". It was not immediately clear if the minister's statement was issued before or after that meeting.

Kenyan athletes won two gold medals, four silvers and five bronze at the last Olympics in London.   Continued...

Runners compete at the start of the Nairobi marathon in Nairobi Kenya, October 29, 2006. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti/File Photo