Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) will start monitoring the compliance of sports federations to the requirements of the World Anti-Doping (WADA) Code as stipulated in the rules with non compliant ones facing possible deregistration.
CEO Japhter Rugut says the agency is empowered by the ADAK Rules to enforce and monitor compliance of sports federations to anti-doping interventions.
“We have held two forums with most of the sports federations in this country where we sensitised them on the requirements of the WADA Code and our role in ensuring their compliance. In the same forums, we had a big number of the federations signing onto our rules thus committing to put in place anti-doping mechanisms for their members,” he said.
“The time has now come for us to start auditing how far the federations have gone towards the implementation of this requirement,” added Rugut during a retreat organised by the Ministry of Sports in Nyeri.
ADAK is keen on ensuring the process of compliance is initiated and continuing and while acknowledging this is not an event but a process, the agency insists federations have to show commitment to the process.
Federations will for instance have to include clauses in their constitutions that promote anti-doping activities failure to which they will be deregistered by the Registrar of Sports.
“We have continued to enjoy a very good working relationship with sports federations in Kenya.
It is for this reason that we will continue engaging them on how best we can complement each other’s efforts in the fight against doping especially now that we are embarking on auditing their compliance levels,” said ADAK director, Standards and Compliance, Sarah Shibutse.
She added: “At the same time, we wish to remind them that non-compliance could lead to, among other things, de-registration, withholding of financing and fines. We urge them to continue familiarising themselves with the rules to avoid such eventualities.”