Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) carried out 857 tests during its first year of operation, its 2016/17 Annual Report (PDF below) reveals. Of that total, 265 comprised in competition tests, and 592 were out of competition tests, resulting in four adverse analytical findings (AAFs).
During the year, its 50-strong delegation for the London 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships were subjected to mandatory doping tests ahead of the August event. This involved a total of 271 tests, on ‘probables’ for the London 2017 team in three stages as well as tests at the Athletics Kenya trials for the London 2017 team. ADAK also carried out 53 anti-doping tests at the IAAF World Under 18 Championships, which were held in Kenya from 12-16 July.
ADAK’s annual budget for 2016/17 was KSh303.7 million (€2.4 million), of which its largest expenditure was anti-doping education and research (KSh87.3 million / €702,300); followed by administrative expenses (KSh77.8 million / €626,100); and anti-doping testing and control (Ksh63.2 million / €508,800). Therefore, each doping test costs ADAK roughly €594.
ADAK was established on 22 April 2016, although it was not declared compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code until September of that year. ADAK said that during the July 2016 to June 2017 year, it has trained 16 anti-doping educators, 16 Doping Control Officers (DCOs) and 36 chaperones, who work on a voluntary basis.
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