NAIROBI: The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on Wednesday vowed to intensify efforts to eradicate the vice in the country's sport.
Already, nine Kenyan athletes have been banned for doping so far this year but ADAK chief executive Japhter Rugut noted the rising cases were an indication that efforts to fight the use of illegal substances were bearing fruit, reports Xinhua news agency.
"Kenya remains undeterred in the fight against doping in sport and ADAK continues to educate the public on the consequences of doping through our anti-doping education and awareness team," Rugut said in a statement.
According to the anti-doping chief, 4,200 tests have been conducted on local and international athletes since the organisation was established through the Anti-Doping Act of 2016. Rugut said ADAK has successfully prosecuted 147 Anti-Doping Rule Violation cases. Out of these 120 have been heard, determined and sanctions issued. There are 27 active cases.
"ADAK has collaborated with the criminal intelligence systems in investigating, compiling and prosecuting Anti-Doping criminal offenses, including but not limited to trafficking and administration of prohibited substances," he said. With some provisions of the Anti-Doping Act recommending jail terms for those involved in abetting substance abuse, ADAK declared there "are five active anti-doping criminal cases before the Kenyan law courts".
Additionally, Rugut underscored, the local anti-doping body has reached out to 83,851 runners and their support personnel through its various programs. (IANS)
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