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Kenya admits athletics doping fight yet to be won

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Kenya’s National Olympic Committee (NOCK) on Saturday accepted the fight against doping in sport is yet to be won amid efforts to revamp the systems to battle against the cheats.

In a joint communique with the newly-launched Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) and Athletics Kenya (AK), NOCK said they were focused on the fight against doping.

“We acknowledge the seriousness of the doping issues in Kenya and its consequences on the future of our sportsmen and women,” said the statement.

“The Kenya government has so far spent 150,000 dollars on anti-doping programs and activities, and is working to fast-track the legislation process.

“We acknowledge the measures taken to date to establish a robust and autonomous National Anti-Doping Agency, which includes the drafting of an anti-doping policy and bill which are currently being subjected to various stakeholders before being approved by parliament.”

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has continued to raise concerns over Kenya’s efforts to put into effect its anti-doping measures over the past two years.

WADA has warned that Kenya could face being ejected from the Olympics unless it showed its seriousness in fighting doping.

Over 30 Kenyan athletes have been suspended and more five banned since 2012 after testing positive for banned performance enhancing drugs.

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