News 25 February 2016

Athletics Kenya hits out at claims Kenyans have ‘lost faith’ in it

Athletics Kenya has hit back after the country’s Sports Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Hassan Wario (pictured), claimed that Kenyans had lost faith in its leadership during a morning Kenya Citizen TV show. ‘While we agree that some of our officials have been mentioned in the scandals and are currently serving suspension; we would like to state that [Dr. Wario’s] statement is not only irresponsible but also quite unfortunate especially coming from the man who is supposed to be spearheading the fight against doping,’ read a statement issued by Athletics Kenya today. “We know the real issue at the moment is the draft from the Anti Doping Agency of Kenya, which doesn’t meet the threshold of the World Anti-Doping Association. It beats logic when [Dr. Wario] states that Kenyans have lost faith in AK, yet we continue to hold crowd pulling events around the country.”

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said that the ‘draft Bill, policy and regulations submitted by ADAK [Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya] are not in line with the Code’ on 22 February. However, despite this, Dr. Wario’s Twitter account revealed that that ADAK Bill was validated at Kasarani, Nairobi, on 24 February. On 5 April, WADA will consider whether it needs to make a recommendation to its Foundation Board that it should find Kenya non-compliant with the Code at its 12 May meeting.

On the TV show, Athletics Kenya denied that it had refused to cooperate when its officials were summoned by the Anti-Doping Task Force headed by lawyer Moni Wekesa. Athletics Kenya President, Jack Tuwei, said that it had sent former Vice President David Okeyo to the January 2015 meetings. Okeyo was later suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) over allegations of corruption. “There was no AK at the launch of the report, completely, we were ignored by the AK”, Dr. Wario said. “It’s written here [Dr. Wario displaying Wekesa’s report]. AK was not present.”

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