Dope team set up
Government to unveil committee to look into Kenya doping on Monday
The committee to investigate doping allegations against Kenyan athletes will be unveiled on Monday.
The probe has been prompted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). The agency gave Kenya uintil the end of this month to develop a report after the number of athletes found to have been using banned substances had risen from two between 2010 and 2012 to 17 between January and September this year.
Cabinet secretary for sports, arts and culture, Hussein Wario said they had received the directive to form the inquiry committee but several factors has contributed to the delay.
“We are still within time,” said Wario. “Forming such a committee is not an easy undertaking. We needed time to identify people to seat in the committee and as well make sure they are the right people,” he added.
“We were also not working alone on this. We have to also involve the office of the Attorney General. There are so many procedures to be observed.”
Wario added there is also the budgetary challenge since this committee will have to do their investigations by researching far and wide and this will definitely come at a price.
“We are not only dealing with this issue alone,” said Wario adding “there are many things involved which need be taken seriously.”
Last week, it was revealed Kenya faces censure from the International Olympics Committee for failure to cooperate with Wada.
The Kenyan doping issue is expected to dominate Wada’s conference on doping in sport in Johannesburg later this month.
Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat said it was the ministry which was contributing to the anxiety after failing to comply with the Wada directive.
“They (ministry) were supposed to form a committee and as we are speaking, the information we have is that names of committee members are with the Attorney General awaiting gazzetement,” Kiplagat said last week.
“We have, on our part fully cooperated with Wada, knowing that we have already banned some athletes who have been found culpable.”