The Minister for Sports Hon Amina Mohamed has disclosed that the draft bill to outlaw doping in sports in the country is in its final stage.
While reacting to recent ban imposed on a former world marathon record holder and one of Kenya’s top professional athlete-Wilson Kipsang for doping, the cabinet secretary said that the bill is comprehensive and wide ranging.
Hon Amina reiterated that the Kenyan government advocates for clean sports and will not tolerate sports men and women engaging in the device. According to her, the culprits will be banned from wearing the national colours for years with possible life ban.
The CS said that the government will continue to work closely with all the relevant anti-doping organizations including Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and World Anti-Doping Agency.
On his part, Kipsang claimed innocence and accused AIU for biased and shoddy investigations with ulterior motive.
He was banned for four years on 3rd July 2020 for various violations of anti-doping regulations. He joins a growing and worrying number of Kenyan athletes who have been banned for doping violations in the recent past.
Whereas a number of culprits of doping in the country have blamed the Athletics Kenya and Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya for not coming to their aid, the Sports Secretary insists that the government is determined to kill the vice and will not protect anyone found guilty.
At almost 50 culprits of doping, the Kenyan situation could be a case study of how not to criminalize sports in the world.