Kenyan athlete

Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Anti-Doping Agency, Japhter Rugut, said that lawyers would be trained and sensitise on anti-doping cases to fight the scourge in the country.

Rugut, who said this on Saturday, added that the country decried the lack of capacity in having competent lawyers to handle doping cases.

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“We currently have many matters in court at the Sports Disputes Tribunal, that we have instituted since inception.

“What we have found out is that we have very few lawyers in this country, who specialise 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 would 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.

The country’s anti-doping agency will put in place mechanisms to ensure that lawyers participating in the sensitisation and training forums earn Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points through the Law Society of Kenya.

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 and Olympics