Uhuru signs amended doping bill into law

Uhuru signs amended doping bill into law

Kenya is now awaiting to be declared compliant to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Anti-Doping (Amendment) Bill of 2016 into law on Thursday morning.

The signing heralds a key step towards reversing the non-compliance verdict slapped on the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) by WADA on May 12 after Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Arts and Culture, Dr. Hassan Wario announced last Friday that the global anti-doping body had approved the amendments passed by the National Assembly and the Senate.

Kenya, bombarded by allegations of doping with more than 40 positive cases reported in the past four years, is hoping that world athletics governing body, the IAAF will remove it from the list of non-compliant nations before this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“WADA has approved amendments to Anti-Doping Act with no additional comment. Next step is Presidential assent and thereafter Kenya is set for full compliance with the WADA Code,” Sports Minister Hassan Wario said on Twitter last week.

Wario and Richard Ekai, the highest civil servant in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts, visited WADA headquarters in Montreal, Canada last week to ensure the anti-doping laws legislated by Parliament last month were compliant with the WADA Code.

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