The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) says they have found no evidence of institutionalized doping in Kenya.
WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations Department in collaboration with the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya and the Athletics Integrity Unit, said in a report delivered Thursday night in Nairobi that doping in the country is different from other doping structures discovered elsewhere in the world and, as such, it requires a different approach.
The two-day meeting is the latest initiative being implemented by WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations Department following the launch in December 2016 of a full-scale investigation, known as the Kenya Project, into widespread doping in the country, as revealed by whistleblowers and media reports.
WADA and the Athletics Integrity Unit set up the project, which was focused primarily on distance running, with the view to developing a multi-stakeholder network equipped to tackle the problem.
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A Wada-approved anti-doping laboratory was established in the Kenyan capital Nairobi in August.
Several recent high-profile doping cases have involved Kenyan athletes.
Former Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop tested positive for banned blood-boosting agent EPO in an out-of-competition test in November 2017.
The 29-year-old denies wrongdoing but said in June he had given up trying to prove his innocence.
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