Government needs to clarify ADAK status- Rugut

Samples collected from athletes to test for doping. PHOTO/File
Samples collected from athletes to test for doping. PHOTO/File

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) CEO Japhter Rugut is confident that the Anti-Doping Bill 2016 will be passed next Tuesday in parliament.

Speaking in Eldoret during the opening of Anti-Doping Seminar for Police Athletes, Rugut said; “Members of Parliament are supportive and have also expressed interest to fast track the Bill. I hope they will pass it on Tuesday and, by the end of next week, the President will have assented it.”

Rugut pointed out the Government needs to clarify some pending issues on the operational plan for the local anti-doping body to ensure compliance.

“WADA and the international community wants the Government to confirm ADAK’s financial independence, ensure it’s an independent body and well-funded with the policing power, investigate and arbitrate disputes.

“They also want to know issues on staffing and salary structure, which we are in the process of being implemented,” the chief executive added.

Leader of Majority in the National Assembly, Adan Duale sponsored the Bill for the second reading on Tuesday afternoon when parliament resumed.

The proposed law is currently at the amendment stage which is the third reading and is expected to be presented later Thursday in parliament.

Report by Cyrus Sholim

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