The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has implored on coaches and sports federations to embrace anti-doping activities with a view to promote clean sports and ensure that the well-being of athletes is taken care of.
Speaking during an Anti-Doping Education Workshop for over 150 coaches and sports officials from various sports federations in Nairobi region ADAK Director of Anti-Doping Education and Research, Agnes Mandu, informed participants that in line with the Anti-Doping rules, 2016 and the Anti-Doping Act, 2016 federations are required to plan for anti-doping sensitization before taking part in major championships.
“Our mandate is well articulated in the anti-doping Act, 2016. We are also guided by the laws governing sports in this country and it is for this reason that we are engaging all stakeholders in the industry with a view to safeguard our athletes, in particular, and the reputation of the country which is revered for its sporting talent in general. As ADAK we wish to urge all of you to support our efforts whose aim is to create an enabling environment for sports,” urged Mandu.
Over 30 Sports organizations in Nairobi region attending the workshop were each represented by two officials and three coaches who began by taking part in sector working groups which aimed at assessing their knowledge in anti-doping issues before being sensitized. The participants were later taken through various topics; Anti-Doping Rule Violation, Prohibited List, Therapeutic Use Exemption, Consequences of Doping and the Roles and Responsibilities of Officials in the Doping Control Process.
Dr. Pramod Shah, a medic who has a wide range of experience in providing medical support services to sports personalities locally and internationally, underscored the importance of the sensitization workshop, “Before ADAK came into existence the anti-doping campaign was not as intensive as it is. Most athletes and their support personnel, as well as the general public, had to rely on the media for information. We are glad that ADAK is now leading the fight against this vice through sensitization and education before testing.” Said Dr. Shah.
ADAK Anti-Doping Education and Research Director also revealed that the Agency has so far conducted similar regional workshops for coaches and sports organization officials in Eldoret and Nakuru.
“I urge sports federations to keep inviting us for their activities so that we can sensitize their members on anti-doping issues. So far we have honored various invitations and shall continue to do so as that is part of our mandate. There are invitations from Roll Ball, Roller Skating and Swimming in Nairobi region for anti-doping education sensitization which we will honor. This is in addition to the workshops which we organize such as this one. In the near future we are moving to Nyeri and Mombasa regions where we are going to sensitize coaches and representatives of sports federations in those counties,” said Mandu.