Kenyan President signs anti-doping document

Kenyan President signs anti-doping document Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Jun 23, 2016, 11.30 AM (IST)
An anti-doping amendment was signed by Kenya's president on Thursday after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Kenyan legislation passed in April needed further changes if the country was to be declared compliant with WADA codes. 

Renowned for its distance runners, Kenya has faced frequent allegations of doping with about 40 cases reported in the past four years.

Among the high-profile Kenyan athletes who have failed doping tests was former three-time Boston City and Chicago marathon winner, Rita Jeptoo.

Recently, WADA declared Kenya non-compliant with its anti-doping code, prompting the country to introduce new legislation. The International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that competitors from Russia and Kenya, given their countries' recent history of doping, would have to be screened individually before being allowed to participate in the Rio Games. 

After WADA still found flaws, such as the presence of government officials in Kenya's anti-doping agency, Kenya began working on amendments.

"We look forward to WADA's review and declaration of Kenya as compliant with existing rules," President Uhuru Kenyatta said after signing the amendments into law. "Kenya has always supported clean sport and will continue to do so."

Last week, Kenyan officials said that WADA had approved the amendments to prevent doping by Kenyan athletics.

"The president instructed me to ensure all athletes going to the Games are screened and the results reported to him personally," National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) Chairman Kipchoge Keino told Reuters after signing the document. 

"We must fight doping and all forms of cheating in sports and Olympic movement," said Keino.