The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) is a State Corporation established through the Anti-Doping Act, 2016. ADAK’s mandate is to protect athletes’ fundamental rights to participate in doping-free sport and thus promoting good health, fairness and equality for athletes in Kenya. The Agency has various functions key among them being undertaking Anti-Doping activities, ensuring the enforcement of the requisite Anti-Doping regulations, creating awareness and implementing programmes aimed at fighting doping, undertaking the necessary research and overseeing the prosecution of Anti-Doping offences.
The aforementioned is further supported by the Anti-Doping Rules, 2016. In view of the solid legal framework underpinning ADAK’s operations we hereby wish to inform the general public that in line with article 10.13 (Automatic Publication of Sanction) and 14.3 (Public Disclosure) of the Anti-Doping Rules, 2016, we have successfully prosecuted various Anti-Doping Rules Violation (ADRV) cases at the Office of the Sports Disputes Tribunal in Nairobi, Kenya.
Pursuant to the aforementioned articles, the following athletes have been sanctioned;
|ATHLETE||PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE||SANCTION/ INELIGIBILITY PERIOD||RESULTS MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY|
|Sharon Ndinda Muli||19-noretiocholanolone19-norandrosterone||4 years w.e.f 29th April, 2016||AFRICA ZONE V RADO|
|Ken Kirui||Betamethasone||1 Year 3 months w.e.f 21st July, 2016||AFRICA ZONE V RADO|
|Florence Jepkosgei Chepsoi||Prednisone, Prednisolone||2 years w.e.f 5th November, 2015||ADAK|
|Shieys Chepkosgei||Testerone, Androsterone, Etiocholanone||4 years w.e.f 26th December, 2016||ADAK|
|Joseph Kariuki Gitau||Endogenous AAS/19-norandrosterone||4 years w.e.f 8th January, 2017||ADAK|
The above cases point to ADAK’s commitment to promote clean sport, safeguard athletes’ well-being and promote fair play in sports. The Agency wishes to reiterate our responsibility to conduct sensitization programs so as to deal with the vice that is doping at all levels with a view to guaranteeing that our athletes, in particular, and the country’s reputations in general are protected.
We have an elaborate Anti-Doping Education Plan that includes workshops, seminars and outreach programs covering every part of the country and which target various stakeholders in the sports industry; athletes-both national and international level, athlete Support Personnel (Coaches, Managers etc) and children. All these efforts are aimed at ensuring that we combat doping at every level to prevent athletes from being sanctioned.
We wish to request stakeholders to support these efforts and prop up our energies towards ensuring the integrity of the Kenyan sport. In the long-term, this means a good reputation for our country and a clean sporting environment for the future generation of athletes. We wish to specifically urge our athletes and their Support Personnel to continue attending our training forums and to also liaise with us whenever they need any information regarding Anti-Doping issues.
In the meantime, ADAK shall continue prosecuting athletes and their Support Personnel found culpable of Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) in line with the laid down legal framework and in fulfilment of our strategic function. We wish to remind athletes of the provisions of Article 2.1 of the Sports Rules, 2016 with respect to the ‘Principal of Strict Liability’.
For copies of the full rulings on the above mentioned cases please visit www.adak.or.ke
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.
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.