World Anti-Doping Agency Compliance Review Committee made a “unanimous recommendation” that Kenya be declared non-compliant with immediate effect

Kenya has been declared non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board.

The decision follows a WADA Compliance Review Committee recommendation that the country be declared non-compliant with the agency’s Code with immediate effect.

The recommendation was announced via WADA’s Twitter account during a Foundation Board meeting in Montreal on Thursday (May 12).

“The #WADA CRC has made the unanimous recommendation that #Kenya be declared non-compliant with immediate effect,” read the Twitter update.

“The CRC cites issues with #Kenya’s legislation which it says is not in line with the World Anti-Doping Code.”

A further WADA statement read in part: “In keeping with the enhanced compliance process under the 2015 Code, the Foundation Board declared the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) non-compliant with immediate effect.

“The Kenyan authorities had been given a series of deadlines to introduce a parliamentary bill, policy and rules for the ADAK; however, following a 2 May meeting, WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) confirmed that the outstanding issues had still not been addressed and so made the recommendation of non-compliance to the Board.

“As in all cases of non-compliance, WADA will now hand the decision over to its stakeholders, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and UNESCO for their consideration and action.”

Earlier this year, Kenya was placed on a ‘watch-list’ of countries at risk of breaching the WADA Code. After missing two deadlines regarding necessary changes to anti-doping measures, Kenya last month passed legislation to establish a new national anti-doping agency.

Non-compliance does not necessarily mean a ban from any competition. It would be for the International Olympic Committee to decide whether Kenyan athletes should be prevented from competing at the Rio Games.

Russia, Mexico and Spain are also currently listed as being non-compliant with the WADA Code. Poland’s national anti-doping organisation has been added to WADA’s ‘watch list’, while Andorra has been removed from the list of non-compliant Code signatories.

Russian athletes have been banned from all international competition since last November. The decision to suspend the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) as an IAAF Member came after the publication of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission report which detailed findings including a “deeply rooted culture of cheating” in Russian athletics.

“WADA heard the call today from its Foundation Board members; in particular, its Athlete Committee members, who asked for tougher consequences for non-compliance and for further investigations,” said WADA president Sir Craig Reedie. “We understand fully that, in the current climate, with new doping allegations surfacing, we have work to do to further secure athletes’ confidence in clean sport. We appreciate the sense of urgency in light of the upcoming Rio Games and I can assure you that we take this responsibility very seriously.”