ANTI-DOPING AGENCY OF KENYA (ADAK) SEEKING FOR ANTI-DOPING EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS CURRICULA

ADAK is working towards ensuring schools embrace Anti-Doping education in their curricula as one of the strategies through which to combat cheating in sports at an early age. The Agency seeks to partner with relevant stakeholders with a view to exploring mechanisms through which this can be achieved.

Speaking during a consultative meeting with Senior Officials from the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), ADAK Chief Executive Officer Japhter Rugut observed that one of the most effective ways through which to combat the menace is by including Anti-Doping education into schools curricula to enlighten future athletes at a tender age.

“Anti-Doping education to top and elite athletes deals with only one part of the strategies geared towards the fight against doping in sport; deterrence. On the other hand Values-Based education deals with the problem from the roots through prevention which leads to culture or mindset change. We have decided to broaden our focus and instil positive values in children so that as they engage in competitive sports, the values associated with winning clean and right are inherent in them. In this regard we are seeking to partner with the Ministry of Education and by extension the Kenya institute of Curriculum Development where we will work together to develop content that will form the basis of Anti-Doping education in schools curricula,” observed Rugut.

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya’s objective is to have values-based Anti-Doping education integrated into schools curricula which is a key strategy in introducing ethical behavior in sports at an early age.
The move is in line with a requirement by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) where countries with National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) are required to instil values in learners as a way of curbing cheating in sports.
Similarly, African States during the first African Anti-Doping Think-Tank Forum organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) held in Seychelles in August resolved to expedite this process by bringing together relevant stakeholders. The forum agreed that the resolution would be tabled in the meeting of African Ministers of Sports Youth and Culture scheduled to be held in June, 2018. In the meeting ADAK CEO Japhter Rugut also implored on African countries to allocate more resources to Anti-Doping activities.

WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY (WADA) DECLARES KENYA COMPLIANT TO THE WORLD ANTI-DOPING CODE

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has declared the country compliant to the World Anti-Doping Code after the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) successfully addressed all critical and important corrective actions outlined in an audit report compiled by the global Agency.
In a letter dated 1st September and addressed to ADAK’s Chief Executive Officer, Japhter Rugut, WADA disclosed that it had halted its Compliance Monitoring Procedure following ADAK’s demonstrable commitment to the fight against doping in sport.

“We have reviewed all the documents provided and concluded that you have successfully addressed all critical and important corrective actions as outlined in the final audit report. WADA will continue to monitor the implementation of your Anti-Doping programs and will also be available for any assistance or support if required,” said WADA.
Speaking after receiving the letter ADAK Chief Executive Officer Japhter Rugut lauded the universal regulator for their support in ensuring that ADAK complied with all the audit requirements. He acknowledged the role played by ADAK in ensuring that Kenya continues to participate in international sporting events. “We have a cardinal duty of ensuring that we promote clean sport through complying with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. As an Agency our non-compliance would mean that Kenya is not compliant and thus will be barred from any international competition. It is for this reason that we subject ourselves to scrutiny from WADA so that our processes can be tested. The positive feedback is clear testament that our practices are above board and that ADAK is compliant to international standards,” said Rugut.
Among the areas that ADAK was required to focus on was the training of Blood Collection Officers (BCOs) who are critical in the collection of blood samples from athletes. These samples are later transported for testing to WADA accredited laboratories abroad.

“Blood sample collection is vital in the Anti-Doping testing process and it is for this reason that, in February this year in collaboration with the South Africa Institute for Drug Free Sports (SAIDS), we trained some officers for that task. WADA in their report after the audit in December last year recommended that we put in place a framework for blood sample collection. In implementing the recommendation we enlisted the services of Phlebotomists who draw the samples from athletes before we ship them to WADA accredited laboratories for testing,” added the CEO.

ADAK was also required to, within three months from the date of the audit, develop an Anti-Doping education work plan which would document and coordinate all education activities including values-based education. The Agency submitted a work-plan which has the provision for inclusion of Anti-Doping education in schools curricula which is in line with WADA requirements.
The full audit of ADAK’s Anti-Doping program was a recommendation from the External Compliance Review Committee (CRC) as a condition of ADAK’s, and by extension Kenya’s, compliant status. Before the audit ADAK was required to complete an online Compliance Questionnaire to provide the audit team with prior sufficient information to enable WADA adequately prepare for the audit which was conducted by Lead Auditor Kevin Haynes who was accompanied by Tom May and the WADA Director, African Region Rodney Swigelaar.