Kenya set to miss second WADA deadline, could face ban from international competition

Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya appears set to miss a second deadline imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency after its parliament went on a month long recess without passing long-awaited legislation.

The East African nation is now unlikely to have the required anti-doping law in place when WADA's compliance review committee meets Tuesday over Kenya's situation. Kenya was already given that new deadline after missing a Feb. 11 date to pass legislation and properly set up and fund its new national anti-doping agency.

Kenya's Olympic Committee Chairman and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kipchoge Hezekiah. GettyImages

Kenya's Olympic Committee Chairman and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kipchoge Hezekiah. GettyImages

As a result, Kenya could be declared non-compliant with WADA's code. That could lead to further action by the International Association of Athletics Federations, including a possible ban from international competition with the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro just four months away.

Kenya has major doping problems, with 40 athletes banned since the 2012 London Olympics and four senior track and field officials under investigation by the IAAF for what the global body said was possible subversion of the anti-doping process.

The proposed law criminalizing doping, which has faced numerous delays, was only presented for the first time to Kenyan lawmakers on Wednesday. It was not passed before parliament went on recess Thursday.

One Kenyan lawmaker said that the country would seek an extension to the deadline from WADA. However, WADA has reiterated its timeline remains unchanged: The independent compliance review committee will meet Tuesday and will make a recommendation to WADA's board at its May 12 meeting in Montreal. WADA's board will then make the final decision over whether to declare Kenya non-compliant.

A non-compliance decision will put Kenya's anti-doping body out of action until the country brings its program in line with global rules.

Kenya's problems over WADA compliance, allegations of wrongdoing against senior officials and revelations now that some Kenyan runners have been competing in international races while banned for doping could convince the IAAF to also suspend Kenya from competition.


Updated Date: Apr 01, 2016 17:44 PM

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