How Anti-Doping Bill Will Guarantee Success Among Kenyan Athletes

Anti-Doping Bill

The recently passed Anti-doping bill has been hailed as an important milestone in the career of Kenyan athletes arguing that it will guarantee greater success especially for long-distance running that Kenya is famed for.

Taking a dig at the agents, Senators yesterday accused them of taking advantage of inexperienced athletes and initiating them into doping for self-gain.

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula urged the government and the world athletics governing body to consider punishing agents in situations where the athletes are caught on the wrong side of doping.“Most of the price money received by athletes ends up in the pockets of the agents.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (center) walks around the track alongside (from left)AK President Jackson Tuwei, Sports CS Amina Mohamed CAS Joe Okudo, and PS Public work Gordon Kihalangwa among other dignitaries during the official reopening of the refurbished Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi on September 26, 2020.PHOTO|SILA KIPLAGAT

That is why they hold our athletes as guinea pigs,” Mr. Wetangula told the House, adding that it is the agents who introduce athletes to performance enhancement drugs for selfish gain.“Such crooked agents should be expelled from Kenya and if necessary prosecuted and imprisoned as a deterrent for destroying the careers of young innocent athletes.

”A fact he also blamed on the agents, Nandi senator Samson Cherarkey observed that doping has stained the Kenyan sport in recent times. “This Anti-Doping Bill offers an access card to our athletes. I urge all of us to pass this law so that it can open the way for Kenyan athletes to participate in international competitions.

”To ensure that they retain a huge chunk of their money for personal development, he challenged the Ministry of Sports to ensure that the monies the athletes win in road races are not subjected to double taxation so as One of the provisions in the Anti-Doping Bill, and the Code, that is likely to excite the athletes is one that places the burden of proof to those who accuse Kenyan athletes of using performance-enhancing drugs. Previously, the burden was with the athletes to prove that they were not doping.

The Anti-Doping Bill further empowers the Sports Tribunal with the jurisdiction to hear and determine cases on anti-doping rule violations at national and lower level athletes and athlete support personnel; other persons subject to the Anti-Doping Rules and anti-doping rule violations arising from national and lower-level events.

In executing its mandate, the Tribunal shall be guided by the Code, the International Standards established under the Code, the 2005 UNESCO Convention Against Doping in Sports, the Sports Act, and the Agency’s Anti-Doping Rules, amongst other legal sources.

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However, the Tribunal shall not have jurisdiction over Appeals involving International Level athletes or arising from the participation in International Events or national crimes related to doping.

WADA, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, and the relevant International Federations will have the right to a second appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) with respect to the appeal decisions of the Tribunal.

The code contains the 2021 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, the summary of major modifications and explanatory notes; and the 2021 Monitoring Programme. The List has been redesigned in order to improve navigation and usability for athletes and their support personnel.

The List is also one of the International Standards that are mandatory for all signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and designates what substances and methods have prohibited both in- and out-of-competition and which substances are banned in particular sports.

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