NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is casting its nets wider in the fight
against doping and has now incorporated football players in
their sensitization campaign ahead of the visit by Athletics
Integrity Unit (AIU) on Thursday.
Association of Kenya (ADAK) has since, rolled out anti-doping
sensitization workshops for the country’s second tier team known
as the National Super League.
The workshops, which
are mandatory to all will see players taken through anti-doping
rules violations, the Doping Control Process as well as the
World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List.
“We are aiming at
sharing information about anti-doping with the players so as to
sensitize them on what to do and what not to, in regards to the
use of prohibited substances,” said ADAK educator Tim Ngugi.
Kenya has dominated
the athletics sport and also has many of her runners banned for
doping. Over 50 athletes have been suspended by World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from Kenya in the last decade for
Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine constitute the current watch list
of Category ‘A’, which includes the members most at risk of
doping. Now ADAK in a bid to act proactively is incorporating
football players in the exercise, which aims to have the country
sportsmen compete clean.
Julius Muteti, a
midfield player with Administration Police said he had learnt a
lot in the exercise.
“It has been an
eye-opener. I have learnt a lot about what I should and should
not use and I am optimistic that it will go a long way in
keeping us players clean for the good of the sport,” he said.
Category A and B
federations will be required to ensure athlete drug-testing
plans are submitted to the IAAF before each World Championships
or Olympic Games.
Under this system,
the AIU will have the responsibility for monitoring and
reporting breaches, but the IAAF Council will determine any
ADAK will on
Thursday and Friday take part of the WADA ‘Kenya Project’
meeting which brings together AIU agents and other agencies
involved in the fight against doping in sport.
“ We are pleased to
join our partner WADA for this exercise,” said ADAK.