There was no drama in the senate today as the senators passed the Anti-Doping (Amendment) Bill 2020 that is set to be assented to by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Bill, if signed into law, will see doping athletes subjected to jail terms.
This comes t a time when World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had warned Kenya against failing to align its anti-doping laws with the new WADA codes and regulations by December 31, 2020.
The National Assembly had passed the bill on December 22, 2020.
With the Senate also having approved the bill, doping in sports has now been criminalized with those found engaging in the vice set to face the full wrath of the law.
Once assented into the law, the bill will harmonize the Anti-Doping Act of 2016 with the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code and Regulations to which Kenya is a party to.
The Amendment Bill was proposed by Ministry of Sports through the Senate National Assembly Majority Leader, Amos Kimunya.
Among the clauses that have been amended from the Anti-Doping Act 2016 is clause 18 of the Bill which proposes to amend section 28 of the Act to provide for the use of samples and related analytical data collected from athletes, the laboratories that can test athletes and the submission of all test samples to the Agency
Also amended is section 41B of the Act in order to provide for the responsibility of sports federation m enforcing the Anti-Doping Rules within the Federations?
Kenya has been hard at war fighting against the doping menace which has continually stained Kenya’s glittering athletics fame.
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