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Kenya sends team to Beijing for edu-
cation conference on anti-doping 

By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan officials have left for Beijing, China for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Global Education Conference this week.

The delegation 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 curriculum.

“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 performance-enhancing substances.

Over 50 local athletes have been banned for using enhanced performance drugs in the last six years.

The Kenyan 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.

             

 

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