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Kenyan president signs anti-doping bill into law

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday signed the amended anti-doping bill into law in a move that clears the way for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to review Kenya’s compliance with its code.

WADA’s compliance committee had ruled that Kenya was “non-compliant” when its board met in Montreal on May this year, citing issues related to the anti-doping legislation.

“We look forward to WADA’s review and declaration of Kenya as compliant with existing rules,” said Kenyatta.

“Kenya has always supported clean sport and will continue to do so,” he added.

Kenya has come under scrutiny over its flagging doping system, neccessitating changes to legislation to avoid explusion of its world-beating distance runners from August’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

In May, WADA declared Kenya non-compliant after the legislation to criminalise doping passed in parliament failed to meet its requirements, forcing a review to include sections which had been left out from the original draft passed by the world anti-doping agency.

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