The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will help create a new anti-doping body in Kenya after a report concluded the East African country has no effective programme to fight drug cheating.
WADA’s announcement on a new Kenyan national anti-doping organisation followed a meeting with Kenyan government officials in Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday.
According to WADA’s director general David Howman, who called the meeting ‘constructive’, the national anti-doping agencies from Norway and China will assist Kenya to set up the organisation.
Kenya has seen a spike in positive tests in recent years, with 18 athletes failing drugs tests from January 2012 to December 2013, according to the doping report. That’s a rate of nearly one a month.
WADA pushed Kenya to investigate the ARD allegations and the long-awaited report was made public last week.