Kenya to send cleanest athletes to Paris 2024 Olympics, ADAK says

Kenya will take a very clean team to the Paris 2024 Olympics.
This was the message send by the Kenya Enhanced Anti-Doping Project Joint Working Group in Naivasha on Thursday.
The team, consisting of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK), the Athletics Integrity Unit( AIU), Athletics Kenya (AK), and the Sports Ministry is currently holed up in the lakeside town to review the progress made by the country on the Multi-Agency Collaboration Program that was set up by the government a while ago following doping threats on the country by the
World Athletics (WA).
The areas being reviewed by the team at the two-day workshop that ends on Friday include education, testing, sports regulations, corporate communication, medical, finance, intelligence, investigation, and legal.
“From the support and findings made from this report, we want to confidently say we will not only send the best athletes to Paris, but the cleanest ones,” Kenya Enhanced Anti-Doping Project Joint Working Group Steering Committee Chairman Wesley Korir underlined.
“We are now testing the athletes as many times as possible, and through the intelligence network, we will ensure those tested are not doing anything malicious behind closed doors,” Korir stated.
So far, 67 athletes have qualified for the Paris Olympics and AK is hopeful that many more will make it to the Summer Games, especially on the fringe sports.
“Qualification for the Olympics ends on June 30 and we are encouraging those who have not yet punched tickets to the championships to continue working hard,” stated AK Chairman Jackson Tuwei who is representing his federation at the ongoing review.
ADAK’s Director of Compliance and Testing, Peninah Wahome noted that the anti-doping body has so far reached over 1500 athletes in the race for the Paris Olympics Qualifiers.
She said the athletes have met the anti-doping requirements but will still need two more tests before they board their plane to the European city of love.
“We are glad that we have reached a bigger number than the previous Olympics in terms of anti-doping requirements.
“This is an assurance to the country that those participants going for the Olympics and its qualifiers are well taken care of in terms of testing,” Wahome highlighted.
The ongoing review in Naivasha has been praised by the World Anti-Doping Agency ( WADA) and the AIU who stated that it’s a real step in the right direction for Kenya.
“As WADA, we have great interest in Kenya as the country is a pacesetter for the African continent at the Olympics, more so where athletics is concerned.
” We are here to observe the progress of the Multi-Agency Collaboration team, we want to see sustainability on the project, and we are grateful to the Kenyan Government that has ensured the program is well supported,” WADA Africa Director, Rodney Swigelaar, said.
The AIU Chief Executive Officer Brett Clothier said they are glad to be part of the Multi-Agency Collaboration Program team reviewing the progress.
He thanked the Kenyan Government for pumping in 5 million dollars into the five-year program meant to enhance the anti-doping framework in Kenya.
” From my findings, I can say Kenya is on the right path in this anti-doping war.
“As AIU, we are very pleased with the ongoing project and the progress made, even though there is still lots of kilometer distance to be covered on the race,” Clothier underscored.

MG Team

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