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Kenya-WADA ice thaws as amended Anti-Doping Bill becomes law

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday signed the 2016 Anti-Doping Bill into law.PHOTO/PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday signed the 2016 Anti-Doping Bill into law.PHOTO/PSCU

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 – The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) is expected to reverse the non-compliance ban slapped on Kenya after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the amended Anti-Doping Bill into law.

President Kenyatta assented the Bill on Thursday morning, a week after Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Arts and Culture Hassan Wario announced that WADA had approved the amendments to Kenya’s Anti-Doping Bill with no additional demands.

READ: Kenya’s anti-doping law amendments approved by WADA – Wario

In early May, WADA declared Kenya non-compliant after the Bill passed by Parliament failed to meet WADA’s Code.

The shocker from WADA forced Kenya to seek a diplomatic solution with Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Amina Mohamed leading a high powered delegation that also included Wario and his sports ministry officials to Montreal.

In a meeting held May 17, both sides amicably agreed on a roadmap that will see Kenya become fully compliant with the WADA code, subject to changes that needed to be made to the Kenya Anti-Doping Act.

The law was taken back to the National Assembly where the required amendments were made and WADA now seems to be happy with the new law.

With Presidential assent, the Anti Doping law will now be fully entrenched into the Kenyan Constitution and struck off from the non-compliant list.

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