ANTI-DOPING AGENCY OF KENYA URGES AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS TO INVEST IN ANT-DOPING ACTIVITIES

 

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has requested African governments to invest more resources in the fight against doping to ensure that the continent eradicates the vice, promotes clean sports and abides by the internationally set standards by global stakeholders in the sports industry such as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Addressing participants during the first Africa Anti-Doping Think Tank Forum in Seychelles, ADAK Chief Executive Officer Japhter Rugut emphasized the need for African governments to enact the necessary laws aimed at promoting clean sports. He also reiterated that African governments should invest more in the establishment of National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) which are the internationally accepted bodies that are mandated to undertake anti-doping activities in collaboration with other global establishments.

“The Kenyan case is unique in many ways since our position as a sporting powerhouse especially in athletics has catapulted us to the world map which means greater scrutiny of our record-shattering athletes. This meant that without vibrant anti-doping activities Kenya would be declared non-compliant to the World Anti-Doping Code by WADA and subsequently barred from participating in any international competition. The President, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, personally led the tedious legal process that saw the establishment of ADAK when he assented to the Anti-Doping Act, 2016. He was always keenly following up the whole process demonstrating his commitment to the promotion of clean sports in Kenya,” revealed Mr. Rugut.
During the meeting the Chief Executive explained how, together with other government officials, they had to work round the clock to ensure compliance to the World Anti-Doping Code so that the country could take part in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

“We were almost being declared non-compliant weeks to the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil. WADA had given us a set of requirements which needed to be fulfilled for us to be allowed to take part in the global sporting event. I am glad that the government threw its full weight behind our efforts and within a short period we had surpassed the targets by WADA. As a clear indication of the government’s commitment to anti-doping activities parliament was recalled from recess to debate the anti-doping bill after which we shared it with WADA. While the whole process was involving, we are glad that finally ADAK was established and it continues to undertake anti-doping activities in line with the World Anti-Doping Code,” said Rugut.
The WADA Director, Africa Region, Rodney Swigelaar lauded Kenya’s effort in setting up ADAK while noting that the country is a perfect example for other African countries who are yet to establish their National Anti-Doping Organizations. “We held a series of meetings in Nairobi, Johannesburg and Montreal with the Kenya Government officials led by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts Hassan Wario so as to ensure that the country established ADAK. Kenya is a leading example on how African governments can dedicate resources, financial and otherwise, to the promotion of clean sport. Kenya has also been instrumental in the establishment of other NADOs within the East African region as it hosts the WADA Zone V Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) offices.” Said Swigelaar.

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya Chief Executive Officer has been invited to the meeting to describe the journey that Kenya undertook to establish ADAK. Among those in attendance is the WADA Director General, Oliver Niggli, and Seychelles Vice President Vincent Meriton, Seychelles Minister for Sports, Youth and Culture Mitcy Larne and Namibia’s Deputy Minister for Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero.

The Africa Anti-Doping Think Tank Forum has been organized by the African Union Commission and it brings together African Ministers of Sports and Culture, National Anti-Doping Organizations, WADA and other global stakeholders in the sports industry. The resolutions of the meeting will be tabled at the African Union meeting of African Sports and Culture Ministers scheduled to be held in June next year.
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Press Statement on Doping Video

For Immediate Release

Nairobi, 31st July, 2017

 

We wish to respond to a media report published on Sunday 30th July by the ZDF German Television Channel titled: Kenya’s Doping Scene, which depicts the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) as abetting doping cases in athletics in the country.

In the seven-minute video released by the Channel an ‘anonymous source’ purporting to be a Manager at ADAK details how the entire Agency is compromised as athletes take Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). The ‘Manager’ further alleges that ADAK’s Testing Officers are bribed by a Mr. Frederico Rosa so as to cover up doping activities by athletes. Another anonymous source in the clip alleges that when ADAK Officers come across a positive case of doping they use the information to extort money, in form of bribes, from athletes’ Managers and ensure such reports are never published. We wish to state that while ALL the above information regarding ADAK and other innuendos contained in the video clip is inaccurate, the report is also factually defective.

ADAK’s role in the testing process is as follows;

  • The World Anti-Doping Code International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) is a mandatory International Standard developed as part of the World Anti-Doping Program and it governs how World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Accredited laboratories operate.
  • Samples are analyzed only in WADA Accredited laboratories or laboratories otherwise approved by WADA. Before approving any such laboratory, WADA will ensure it meets the high analytical and custodial standards required.
  • Once a sample (urine or blood) is collected from an athlete, it is transferred to a WADA Accredited laboratory for analysis. The entire process is meticulously documented including at a minimum, the date and time of sample collection, the time of change of custody from Doping Control Officer (DCO) to courier, date and time of receipt in the laboratory and the name and signature of the Laboratory representative receiving the samples. This information is recorded in the Chain of Custody forms.
  • WADA Accredited Laboratories have a system to uniquely identify the samples and associate each sample with the collection document or other external chain of custody. The name of the athlete is never included in the documentation that goes to the laboratory.
  • Laboratories then analyze samples and report results in the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS), which is a highly secure Web-based database management tool for data entry, storage, sharing, and reporting designed to assist stakeholders and WADA in their Anti-Doping operations in conjunction with data protection legislation.
  • The National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO), under which category ADAK falls, does not receive any test results directly. They are instead posted on ADAMS by the laboratory and WADA, NADOs and International Federations (IFs) have access to this information. It is,
    therefore, impractical for ADAK to manipulate test results. From the above process it is clear ADAK’s role is guided by laid down international frameworks and that the Agency is just one among the many stakeholders in the anti-doping tests cycle. In addition, it is not within ADAK’s
    powers to cover up a positive doping case as we do not have a private laboratory where samples collected from athletes are analyzed and the results only revealed to ADAK.

We also wish to dispel the notion that the Agency is a haven for corruption. As a State Agency established under the Anti-Doping Act, 2016 ADAK is founded on a platform of integrity which is also one of our core values. We have a legal mandate of promoting participation in sport, free from doping in order to protect the health and well-being of competitors and the rights of all persons who take
part in sport. Similarly, our Staff are characterized by outstanding high morals and their actions are guided by adherence to the requirements of Chapter Six of the Kenyan Constitution.

As we work hard to ensure a clean sporting environment for all athletes, we also request members of the press to exemplify one of the core principles of journalism; verification of information before publishing as it is clear no ADAK member of Staff was interviewed by ZDF