Athletics doping: Kenya 'fully co-operating' with Wada

Hassan Wario
Hassan Wario has been Kenya's sports minister since 2013

Kenya is "fully co-operating" with the World Anti-Doping Agency, its sports minister says, as the country aims to prove it is tackling cheating in athletics.

"We are going to continue engaging Wada to ensure that Kenya reaches compliance status," said Hassan Wario.

On Thursday, global athletics chief Lord Coe said he was prepared to ban Kenya from the 2016 Olympics.

The country has already missed a deadline to provide assurances to Wada.

That led to it being placed on a 'watch-list' of nations at risk of breaching the agency's code and prompted the comments by IAAF president Lord Coe.

Kenya is a dominant nation in distance running - topping the medal table at the 2015 World Athletics Championships - but has seen more than 40 of its athletes fail drug tests since 2011.

Wario says Kenya has taken the following steps to combat its doping problem:

  • Releasing 300 million Kenyan shillings ($3m) to the Anti Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak)
  • Identifying offices for Adak, with the aim of moving into them by April
  • Obtaining anti-doping equipment
  • Deploying staff to Adak
  • Completing a policy memo, which has been forwarded to the Kenyan cabinet

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