NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya decried the lack of capacity in having
competent lawyers to handle doping cases, Anti-Doping Agency of
Kenya (ADAK) CEO Japhter Rugut said on Saturday.
“We currently have
many matters in court at the Sports Disputes Tribunal we have
instituted since inception. What we have found out is that we
have very few lawyers in this country who have specialized in
Anti-Doping issues,” said Rugut.
The IAAF has
classified Kenya, Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine as countries
with highest potential of athletes abusing banned substances to
enhance their performance.
Rugut said ADAK will
soon submit a written proposal that will provide the framework
on how it aspires to provide the technical grounding to
advocates through its legal department.
anti-doping agency will put in place mechanisms to ensure that
lawyers participating in the sensitization and training forums
earn Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points through
the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).
LSK CEO Mercy Wambua
welcomed the proposal saying anti-doping is one of the areas
that would benefit lawyers.
“We look forward to
working with ADAK in this endeavor and urge our members to take
up the opportunity and ground themselves in Anti-Doping,” she
Over 50 Kenyan
athletes have failed doping tests in the past six years. All
Kenyan athletes going for international competition will be
tested three times in the 10 months prior to World Championships