President Uhuru Kenyatta has now signed the Anti-Doping Bill into law, beating the May 2 WADA deadline. He said that the signing is part of his administration’s efforts against cheating and corruption in sports.
In a statement released in State House, Nairobi, on Friday, the president said:
“Kenya is committed to ensuring total compliance with international regulations on sports and athletics We believe that across the board, Kenyans are more than able to win fairly.”
He added that the World Anti-Doping Agency would perceive the new law as the country’s unbending determination to meet the highest international standards. He also called upon athletes to make sure they observe the new law. The President said;
“As our national leadership takes these necessary steps to compliance, I urge athletes and sportsmen and women to hold themselves to the highest possible code of conduct.”
The country’s athletes, he says, earn good names for themselves by working hard and making sacrifices, adding that the law will now serve punishment to whoever that derelict it. Uhuru spewed slights against Kenya Football Federation for acting in a way that he described unacceptable for an organisation of its kind.
“And let us not sugar-coat it. it is cheating. It is breaking the rules. And if the federation does not know the rules, then that is carelessness,” .
DP William Ruto seconded the president’s speech. The Deputy said the new law is crucial and serves as an instrument that will ensure Kenyan sportsmen and women compete and win fairly and without suspicion.
Sports CS Hassan Wario, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Majority leader Aden Duale and members of the Parliamentary Committee on sports were all present during the endorsement of the bill.
The law now complies with the rules of the World Anti-Doping Association (Wada) and will mean that Kenyan athletes will be able to go to the Rio Olympics. Kenya had already missed two Wada deadlines to prove that it was tackling cheating in sport.
Since 2011, over 40 Kenyan athletes have failed drugs tests and the country’s Athletics Federation general manager Isaac Mwangi was suspended for six months at the end of February.