Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday 22 April signed the historic Anti-Doping Bill into law thereby beating the May 2nd deadline set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The signing ceremony which took place at State House Nairobi, on Friday morning was witnessed by prominent sportsmen and women led by the Cabinet Secretary of Sports, Culture and Arts Hassan Wario.
Speaking during the ceremony, the President made it clear that the signing of the law is not an end by itself but rather the continuation of his government’s efforts to stand against cheating and corruption in the sporting and athletics arena.
He said Kenya is committed to ensuring that Kenyan sports teams compete by the book because Kenyans are more than able to win fairly.
The President pointed out that cheating in whatever way is a dis-service to the potential of players and the talent of athletes.
Doping among Kenyan athletes
At least forty Kenyan athletes have been got doping with high profile case being that of Rita Jeptoo, a former Boston Marathon Champion. Most of those found to have doped are upcoming runners who are lured by Europe and America with the hope of making quick money.
The agents, most of whom are foreign but locally based in Kenya have been accused of giving banned substances to the athletes.
Some of the substances though banned by IAAF are easily got over the counter and local chemists.
- Wamoyi M. M., AfricanQuarters, Kenya