NAIROBI, Kenya, June 17- The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) has approved the amendments to Kenya’s Anti-Doping Bill with no additional demands, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Arts and Culture Hassan Wario has said.
“Next step is Presidential assent and thereafter Kenya is set for full compliance with the WADA Code,” Wario announced on his official Twitter account on Thursday evening after a meeting with WADA officials in Montreal, Canada.
Wario was accompanied by his ministry’s Principal Secretary Richard Ekai to the meeting presenting the new law that was amended by the National Assembly to suite WADA’s demands.
The new development will be a big step for Kenya to reverse the non-compliance status slapped on them by WADA.
Early May, WADA declared Kenya non-compliant after the Bill passed by Parliament failed to meet WADA’s Code.
The shocker from Canada 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.
— Dr. Hassan Wario,EGH (@AreroWario) June 16, 2016
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 Parliament 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.