The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has clarified that minors have to be protected by all means even if they have to undergo doping testing processes.
Speaking in Eldoret during the anti-doping seminar among athletes set to compete at the Athletics Kenya National Cross Country championships on Saturday at the Lobo village in Eldoret, ADK’AK’s head of education Agnes Mandu said junior athletes need to be protected and there is a requirement that the minor cannot be tested when they are alone.
“For minors to be tested a representative must be called, maybe a parent or the coach, the junior has the right to choose to say I want my parent or coach. Is not allowed for a junior to be tested without a representative whoever will be picking their sample collection will ask who you have to be called,” said Mandu.
She also said that they have partnered with Athletics Kenya to pass anti-doping information to athletes, which is a requirement before an athlete is tested. As a body mandated to educate athletes, athletes must receive information on the fight against doping that is priority these days in accordance with the world anti-doping code.
“We have lined up several seminars and outreach programmes this year and through such, we do workshops for unclassified groups. We also have workshops for other federations. Problem may be funds, we have planned a lot all for our sports people in Kenya,” said.
Heading for the Saturday event, Mandu said that it is their mandate to prepare athletes early enough so that they know and understand why they have to be tested after the race and they should not hesitate to provide their samples.
“Many athletes will be tested. We could not avoid having the education today the athletes are already informed. We have talked to them about how testing is done,” she said.