World Anti-Doping Agency has removed Kenya from watch list and has stopped its compliance monitoring procedure on banned substances.
Athletics Kenya has lauded the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya for its efforts to ensure the country is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency code.
Kenya was placed on the IAAF doping watch list in 2016 after a ruling that termed the nation non-compliant by Wada following a series of doping scandals that saw top athletes punished for using prohibited substances.
In a letter dated September 1, addressed to the CEO of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak), Japhter Rugut, the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) confirmed that it had halted its compliance monitoring procedure following Adak’s evident commitment to the fight against doping.
43 athletes failed doping tests in the run-up to the Rio Olympics with Boston Marathon Winner Rita Jeptoo being the biggest casualty after she tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) 25th September, 2014.
Head coach Julius Kirwa, who guided the Beijing (2015) and London (2016) worlds teams in which Kenya was first and second respectively, said Wada’s decision resulted from a collective effort by athletics stakeholders.