Was it all in Vain? Kenya’s ADAK Bill insufficient to escape WADA Sanctions


Over the month of April Kenya’s parliament (both the National Assembly and the Senate), the Ministry of Sports, and the Presidency burned the midnight oil to pass the Anti Doping Authority of Kenya bill, as part of efforts to stave off the dreaded WADA ‘non-compliance’ status.

After its May 2nd meeting, in which this was among several items on the agenda, WADA decided to declare Kenya ‘non-compliant’ anyway. Reason being that the bill that was passed was described as ‘a total mess.’

Considering that two other deadlines had passed before Kenya finally met the third deadline, this decision is more of a shock than it probably should be.

This is a severe blow for the Olympic aspirations of a country, who in ~60 years of representation at the games only has one medal that did not come from track and field (RIP Robert Wangila).

David Rudisha’s 800m title defense could be jeopardized by the folly of others (Source: The UK Guardian Newspaper)

WADA’s ‘non-compliant’ recommendation will now pass to the International Olympic Committee, and the International Association of Athletics Federations, for a final decision on whether or not Kenya’s track and field athletes can show up at the Olympics or not.

If Kenya’s track and field contingent are absent from Rio 2016, then the nation’s  medal hopes will lie with an under-resourced and neglected boxing contingent, the Sevens rugby team, and a Hodge podge of individual practitioners of sports like shooting, archery, swimming etc and (if they make it through the last global qualifier) women’s volleyball.

In short, we will really be up against it

 

UPDATE!  The IAAF has stated that it will not bar Kenya from sending Athletes to the Olympics. Kenya has until the end of the year to rectify the parts of the ADAK bill that were found wanting

Where Urgency is not in the Dictionary


Kenya’s participation in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro later this year looks to be in doubt once again as Kenya’s has gone a traditional 10 day break, with vital legislation for Anti Doping still pending.

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Athletics Kenya Chair Kipchoge Keino (Source: Daily Nation)

Kenya were required by the World Anti Doping Authority to bring our fresh legislation on a new Anti-Doping Authority, that is up to international standards. After the typically Kenyan buck passing between track and field stakeholders, and government  officials on the other. the Anti Doping Authority of Kenya Bill landed on the floor of the house just days before the second deadline for passing the bill (April 5th).

Kenya is already on thin ice, having  missed a February 19th deadline to get this same bill passed, and is in a sense playing catch up, to meet the full setb of compliance issues that stand between Athletics Kenya and a clean bill of health that ill put to rest the fears that Kenya will be going to the Olympics without its world conquering athletes.

Throw in the personal plea of globally renowned Athletics legend, philanthropist and Athletics Kenya chair Kipchoge Keino, and you would think our August house would move mountains to get this one piece of legislation passed? Well maybe they have better things to do than that.

Perhaps the house will break with tradition and get this one bill passed, or they will run the gauntlet of seeing how WADA will react to yet another missed deadline. There really is no hurry in Africa.