Thursday, 4 August 2016

WADA declares Kenya as compliant to the 2015 World Anti-doping Code

Kenyan Athletes training in Iten

The news comes as Kenyan athletes head out for the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil where they hope to perform well and put their country on top of the world at the Olympic medal table, especially in Athletics where they are reputed and are expected to dominate.
This is a press release from the WADA website:
“Following a circular vote of its Foundation Board members, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to announce that


it has removed the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) from the list of signatories previously deemed non-compliant with the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (the Code). Kenya has drafted and adopted anti-doping legislation now deemed to be in line with the Code.
As stipulated in Article 23.5.5 of the Code, WADA will report the declarations of non-compliance to the Sports Movement and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).”
 Kenyan athletes give all their best in races and during their training and it would have been unfair for these hard working athletes to be termed as non-compliant due to circumstances beyond their control. 
This should serve as a morale booster for the Kenyan athletes heading out to Rio and a great disappointment to others who were using it as an excuse of not standing a chance against the Kenyan athletes because the country was non-compliant.