WADA disapproved of government officials in Kenyan doping agency: minister

Sat May 14, 2016 9:19am EDT
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By Isaack Omulo

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The presence of government officials in the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) led the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to declare the country non-compliant with its code, Sports Minister Hassan Wario said on Saturday.

WADA's announcement on Thursday threw the country's participation in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics into question less than three months before the opening ceremony.

Kenya passed an act of parliament in April to criminalize doping, but WADA said the country 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 means 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.

Wario, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Sport, told Reuters the sticking point was the presence of officials from the Attorney General’s office and the National Treasury on the ADAK board. He said this was a requirement under Kenyan law.

“They (WADA) are pointing at the legal issues. We had seven stages to cover. We covered the six very well, which included policy and rules and regulations. But they raised questions on legal elements, that is the act,” Wario said.

“They highlighted some parts of the act and, based on that, they said unless we get it back exactly the way they sent it to us, we will not be declared compliant.”


Kenya's Sports Minister Hassan Wario addresses a news conference on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommendations that judged Kenya as non-compliant with the WADA code, in the capital Nairobi, May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya