With Kenya being on the watchful eye by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Anti-doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) will be partnering with Law Society of Kenya (LSK) in improving the capacity of handling doping cases in Kenya.
Speaking during the LSK annual conference in Kwale, ADAK CEO Japhter Rugut said the low numbers of lawyers grounded on Anti-Doping jurisprudence citing it as the key reason why the Agency will undertake the capacity building activities.
“We currently have many matters in court at the Sports Disputes Tribunal we have instituted since inception. What we have found out is that we have very few lawyers in this country who have specialized in Anti-Doping issues. This is understandable because the area is an emerging issue and thus requires capacity building of the key stakeholders involved,” said Rugut.
The Agency will put in place mechanisms to ensure that lawyers participating in these sensitization and training forums earn Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points through their society, the LSK. Speaking during the same event the Chief Executive Officer, LSK, Mercy Wambua welcomed the proposal by the Agency observing that as a contemporary phenomenon Anti-Doping is one of the areas that would benefit lawyers.
“Our CPD Committee sits annually to review emerging areas which it then factors for our members professional training. Clearly, Anti-Doping is one of those areas where advocates are required to apply specialized knowledge since it is an emerging issue.
We look forward to working with ADAK in this endeavor and urge our members to take up the opportunity and ground themselves in Anti-Doping,” she said.