Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has deemed a draft Kenyan Bill not adequate to meet the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code, after the country failed to meet its 11 February deadline to pass appropriate legislation and funding for anti-doping. ‘As of today, the draft Bill, policy and regulations submitted by ADAK [Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya] are not in line with the Code’, read a WADA statement released yesterday. ‘The matter will be reviewed by the independent Compliance Review Committee at its next meeting on 5 April, and consideration will be given to a possible recommendation of non-compliance to WADA’s Foundation Board on 12 May’.
WADA’s comments mean that Kenya will have to amend its draft Bill, which was due to be fast-tracked before the Kenyan Parliament. The Bill reportedly proposed the criminalisation of doping. If Kenya is declared non-compliant by WADA on 12 May, it will be in serious risk of missing the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
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