From Inside the Games

A report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has found no evidence of an institutionalised scheme in Kenya but revealed the doping practises of athletes from the country are “unsophisticated, opportunistic and uncoordinated”.

The WADA Project Kenya taskforce delivered the conclusions in a report following a two-day meeting in Nairobi.

The group, overseen by WADA’s intelligence and investigations department, outlined a number of concerns with the drugs-testing operation in the nation and revealed 138 Kenyan athletes had tested positive for banned substances since 2004.

The taskforce said athletes in the country are “insufficiently educated on doping and/or willfully blind as to the consequences of doping”.

It added that the anti-doping operation in Kenya was “drastically different from other doping structures discovered elsewhere in the world”.

WADA’s report found that medical practitioners helped administer banned drugs to athletes, either intentionally or unwittingly, while confirming Nandrolone and Erythropoietin were the most common substances used.

WADA launched the taskforce in December 2016 to address widespread doping in the East African nation.

The meeting was attended by WADA intelligence and investigations department head Günter Younger, along with representatives from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).

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