Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on Tuesday organised a sensitisation forum for over 30 medical practitioners handling various athletes set to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April 4-15. The Agency’s move is aimed at preserving Kenya’s niche in athletics by steering the sport into the path of desired clean running and hopefully extricating itself from the doping watch-list.
Ten days ago, ADAK in conjunction with Athletics Kenya (AK) organised a seminar for competitors in the National Cross Country Championships where over 500 athletes were trained on the dangers of doping to an athlete’s running career as well as their personal health. Speaking during the medics’ workshop, ADAK Director of Anti-Doping Education and Research, Agnes Mandu, revealed that the Agency has put in place an elaborate plan to ensure that all parties taking part in the global event are adequately sensitised.
“The agency enjoys the privilege of sitting in the Commonwealth Steering Committee through our CEO Japhter Rugut. This guarantees us the privilege of the consistency of our input into the preparations for this important sporting episode. We are happy that so far ADAK continues to carry out its obligations towards the Commonwealth Games with a lot of support from other key stakeholders.
As the days draw nearer, we are also adjusting accordingly so that we make sure our country’s representatives at the international event compete on a platform of integrity and honesty,” said Mandu. The Chief Medical Officer for Team Kenya to the Commonwealth Games Muithya Ngundo also pointed out that lack of information, especially on anti-doping, is one of the main causes of some of the common Anti Doping Rules Violations.
“I am sure that our medical team has learnt a lot from this session and we expect them to share the information with the athletes. Moving forward we are going to continue inviting ADAK to conduct sensitisation workshops to other members of the various teams that are preparing for this event,” said Ngundo.