UK Anti-Doping to support Kenya through new partnership
UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD) Medical Programme Officer, a Senior Testing Officer and three Doping Control Officers travelled to Nairobi on 11 June to lead a week-long training programme with the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).
UKAD will be working with ADAK to establish a Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC), and will also provide training for its Doping Control Officers (DCOs).
This is the beginning of a year-long partnership with ADAK, which will see UKAD provide advice, guidance and training to their Kenyan counterparts at different points throughout the year.
UKAD Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, said: “We are pleased to be teaming up with the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya, as UKAD’s international programme continues to expand.
“International partnerships such as these enable strong links and relationships to be fostered between NADOs, helping to deliver effective and targeted programmes focussed on catching the dopers wherever they may be and protecting British athletes’ right to clean, fair and honest sport.
“It’s fantastic to be able to share the expertise and knowledge of our staff, particularly with a country which experiences such a high risk to doping in sport.”
ADAK Chief Executive, Japhter Rugut, added: “The Agency will benefit a great deal from the partnership with UKAD, which will be actualised through the training targeting our Doping Control Officers (DCOs) and Members of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC).
“This training will go a long way in enhancing the capacity of our personnel as they continue discharging their duties in line with our strategic mandate and the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code.
“The partnership with UKAD is clear testament that we are committed to ensuring that our processes are in line with the world’s best practice, besides also exposing our DCOs and the TUEC to experiences from our partners. Their technical competencies will receive a great boost from the information that will be shared during this exercise.
“As we look forward to it, we would like to thank UKAD for their willingness to support us and reiterate our commitment to the promotion of clean sport in Kenya.”
The partnership in Kenya forms part of UKAD’s strategic objective to raise the standard of anti-doping globally to protect British athletes who compete on the world stage. UKAD is funded to undertake the projects by the respective NADOs, and so costs do not impact the UK programme.