Athletes found doping to be banned

By Buckley Fedha

Athletes who will be found guilty of using banned substances in sports now face a ban of not less than 4 years or a steeper penalty according to the ADAK laws.

The athletes however can appeal against the decisions of ADAK to the sports tribunal or the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

Kenya is guaranteed a place at the Rio Olympic Games following the laws on doping recommended by WADA and those laws are expected to take effect as soon as possible with ADAK promising clean sports by Kenyan athletes.

During a workshop by ADAK and stakeholders at Kasarani stadium, CEO Japter Rugut assured that doping cases will be taken seriously with steeper penalties handed not only to the athletes, but also to their managers, coaches and medical practitioners who will be associated with the case.

A few Kenyan athletes have been banned after being found to have used energy enhancing drugs but as soon as the law comes into play in Kenya, they will only apply to new cases and the already banned athletes will not face fresh bans.

ADAK will soon start conducting awareness programmes in talent centers and secondary schools as they target to fully inform upcoming athletes on the dangers of using prohibited substances in sports and the penalties that come along with them.