British anti-doping team to spend year working with Kenyan counterparts

UK Anti-Doping is the organisation responsible for protecting sport in the United Kingdom from doping. It is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and is structured as a company limited by guarantee.

UKAD, Britain’s anti-doping agency announced this week that it will spend a year in East Africa helping to train Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) staff.

The five-strong team is in Nairobi to start mirroring the work UKAD has already completed in Belarus and is continuing to do in Russia.

ADAK chief Japhter Rugut said: “The agency will benefit a great deal from the partnership with UKAD, which will be actualised through the training targeting our doping control officers and members of the therapeutic use exemption committee.

“This training will go a long way in enhancing the capacity of our personnel as they continue discharging their duties in line with our strategic mandate and the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code.”

Kenya has found itself in the doping spotlight recently, with dozens of athletes from the country caught cheating. However, very few of them were discovered by their national agency which this collaboration is hoping to address.

Speaking to the Press Association in the UK, UKAD Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead said: “This isn’t about being a do-gooder – there’s a clear benefit for our athletes from this work in that we are helping to level the playing field.

“There are other anti-doping agencies that could do this work but if nobody else is doing it we will fill the breach – we’ll go wherever we have the capacity to go and there is a will for us to help.”

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