By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Norway has given Kenya a thumbs up sign on
its efforts in the fight against doping and pledged to help
Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya put up strong structural
institutions to attain their goal.
Two years ago, World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended China and Norway to help
Kenya root out drugs cheats. They were also mandated to help
start a functional sample center in Nairobi with support from
Though that is yet
to be achieved, Kenya’s Anti-doping Agency ADAK is operational
and is making gains in training and sensitizing athletes against
trainer in an ADAK seminar Ann Engelstad, who is also an advisor
on international relations at Anti-Doping Norway, said Kenya had
done well in the fight against doping.
“I must say that
Kenya has done extraordinarily well in the area of anti-doping
education in particular and in the fight against doping
generally,” Engelstad said Tuesday in Nairobi.
“I witnessed their
capabilities after sitting through a whole day workshop for
handball athletes and I give the educators a thumbs for a job
The Norwegian said
the country has a dedicated team that targets to have the
country present clean athletes in global competition.
anti-doping officials who ooze passion for the promotion of
clean sport in their country. The mastery of issues and their
mode of delivery of anti-doping messages is a clear pointer that
they have perfected their act,” said Ann.
Kenya, which has
always blamed foreign agents for leading athletes into using
performance enhancing drugs, hit the wrong notes last year when
WADA accused it of doing little to deal with a growing number of
It became more
urgent when Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong tested
positive for EPO, months after Rita Jeptoo was also nabbed.
Former Kenya Sports
Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario also welcomed the help from China
and Norway in the midst of the doping storm.
Agency (CHINADA) and ADN (the Norwegian agency) have a lot of
experience and resources that will be useful in the fight
against doping as we establish ourselves,” he said.