Cheating in sports will be a thing of the past following the introduction of Anti-Doping education program in schools by Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK). The move which is deemed as a measure to curb cheating in sports at early ages of promising sportsmen is set to introduce ethical behaviour as well as enlighten them on dangers of doping.
The move by Adak is in line with the requirement by the World’s Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) which entails countries with National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) to instill values to learners as a way of curbing cheating in sports at tender ages.
ADAK Chief Executive Officer, Japhter Rugut, who held a consultative meeting with senior officials from the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) as a way of achieving the important milestone, said: “Anti-Doping education to elite athletes only deals with deals with deterrence, which is only one part of the strategies geared towards the fight against doping in sport.
“On the other hand, values-based education deals with the problem from the roots through prevention which leads to culture or mind-set change. We have decided to broaden our focus and instill 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 KICD where we will work together to develop content that will form the basis of Anti-Doping education in schools curricular,” he added. The ADAK boss further implored African countries to allocate more resources to Anti-Doping activities.