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Kenya under further doping scrutiny
11 Feb 2016 21:09
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has referred Kenya to an ‘independent compliance process’ over the country's record on drug-testing.
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Over 40 Kenyan athletes have tested positive for banned substances in the last five years.
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Two of them, Joy Sakari and Francisca Koki Manunga, claimed in a media report on Wednesday they were asked for a payment of €14,500 by an Athletics Kenya official for a reduction of their four-year sanctions.
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Kenyan officials insist work on a national anti-doping organisation is progressing - but more will have to be done to satisfy WADA.
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A statement from the organisation on Thursday evening read: "Concerning media reports regarding Kenya's compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA confirms that while some progress has been made with the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK), there is still a lot of work required.
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"WADA had asked a series of questions to the Kenyan authorities, and stressed that we needed the Kenyan Government to expedite, and show commitment to, the national anti-doping organisation's development.
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"We are awaiting concrete plans from the Kenyan Government for the funding of the NADO, and, crucially, the finalisation of Kenya's legislation and anti-doping rules.
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"We have not yet received the details nor the assurances we need from Kenya and, therefore, this is now a matter for our independent compliance process."
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Russia is currently banned from international competition after being ruled to be non-compliant with the WADA Code.
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