No cause for alarm, Kenya will meet WADA conditions, Athletics Kenya assures

By evelyn watta
Feb 18, 2021
  • AK president Jackson Tuwei.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Athletics Kenya, AK, has sought to ease concerns that the country’s track and field runners could be banned from the Olympic games in Rio, for non compliance by the World Anti Doping Agency.

AK president Jackson Tuwei on Thursday said he was confident that the Anti Doping Agency of Kenya, ADAK which began work this week would beat the deadline to finalise on the anti doping regulations and secure the necessary funds for its operations.

“It doesn't worry me now because setting up ADAK was a major concern and the agency is now meeting in Naivasha to sort out some of the pending matters. We have made some progress.

We have a deadline that was given and I think for now we need to communicate why we didn't meet the deadline. I know we shall provide the requirements. There is no reason to be worried, we shall meet the deadline,” said Tuwei at the Moi International Sports center Kasarani, where he chaired the Local Organising Committee for the 2017 IAAF U18 World championships, unruffled that Nairobi could lose the hosting rights if the Federation is suspended by the world governing body.

The IAAF president Sebastian Coe said the world body would not hesitate to ban Kenya for non compliaince.

"We know that a disproportionate amount of reputational damage is caused by a relatively few countries and we have to be very much more proactive. Yes, if it means pulling them(Kenya) out of world championships or Olympic Games then we will have to do that,” Coe was quoted by the British press in in an extract from an interview with BT Sport TV that will be broadcasted on Thursday evening.

“The problem was not because of AK and what I know we shall meet the requirements. We are working closely with ADAK to see that everything is done within limits and the extension two months, “ Tuwei countered on IAAF’s threat to lock out Kenya.

2 billion shillings budget for World U18

The organising committee for the IAAF under 18 championships has reviewed the budget to a whooping 2 billion shillings for the July 11-16 championships that will now be held at Kasarani and not the originally earmarked Nyayo National Stadium which hosted the 2010 African championships.

It is an undertaking that AK is confident the country will meet which prompted the shift of venues to ensure they meet the set IAAF deadlines.

“We have worked on the budget and presented it to the ministry and the Cabinet Secretary for Sports (Dr Hassan Wario) will present and discuss it in cabinet meeting. We have a ceiling of 2 billion.

"We have identified the competition requirements and now its just to get the facilities ready.The Kasarani track and warm up have to be redone,”Tuwei said as he also announced that the Africa president who is also one of the vice presidents at IAAF Kalkaba Makboum will be visiting the country next month to assess the preparations.

Nyayo needs a lot more renovation to get it ready thus the shift to Kasarani. Kenyatta University has been identified to host the athletes and team officials with Safari Park Hotel identified as the IAAF family hotel.