By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan officials have left for Beijing, China for
the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Global Education Conference
believes the education conference on anti-doping will provide a
paradigm shift on the war against the vice among sportsmen.
Agnes Mandu, the
director of education and research in Anti-Doping Agency of
Kenya (ADAK), said the sensitization and training of young
people will be the pillars along which the country will sustain
its fight against the vice.
Mandu, together with
Martin Yauma, the senior research and development officer and
Africa Zone V RADO Manager Christine Mugera are in China’s
capital for the global conference, which is being hosted by the
Chinese Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA).
This is the second
WADA global education conference and it will end on Saturday.
Yauma said ADAK is
working with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD)
to mainstream anti-doping training into the educational
“We are out to
sensitize sportsmen to stay clean and win right. We want to
mainstream the value-based education into the primary and
secondary school curriculums in Kenya,” said Yauma on Thursday.
This will be in line
with WADA’s decision to shift focus to anti-doping education
rather than traditionally testing.
WADA president Craig
Reedie said in a statement that training and empowering
sportsmen will help win the fight against cheating.
“We are trying to
change the principle, we need to educate people, particularly
the young people,” said Reedie.
Kenya has been on
the WADA’s watch-list over increased doping cases involving the
country’s athletes and ADAK has over the last few months
launched a spirited drive through workshops and outreach
programs to educate sports stakeholders on the dangers of using
Over 50 local
athletes have been banned for using enhanced performance drugs
in the last six years.
delegation believes they will learn a lot from the Beijing trip
and help in the fight against doping back home. Beijing will
stage the 2022 Winter Olympics and China is hopeful that the
event will be “pure and clean”.
China has a
zero-tolerance stance on doping.