Kenya given WADA extension

Kenya has been given until May 2 to be prove it is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code after failing to meet another deadline.

The Kenyan government was given until April 5 to meet requirements set out by WADA after missing a February deadline to pass a law for a new Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).

Kenya was deemed non-compliant at a WADA Compliance Review Committee meeting in Montreal on Tuesday, raising concerns for athletes preparing to compete in the Rio Olympic Games.

WADA will reconvene on May 12 – less than three months before the start of the Rio Games – to decide whether Kenya has done what is required of them.

Ben Nichols, WADA Spokesman, told Omnisport: “The Compliance Review Committee met to discuss the outstanding issues related to the implementation of the 2015 Code in the Kenyan legal system and their view is that Kenya is still not in compliance with the 2015 Code, since the bill, policy and ADAK rules have not yet been formally adopted.

“Unless the situation changes by 2 May 2016, that Committee will recommend to the WADA Foundation Board that they declare Kenya non-compliant.

“The WADA Foundation Board will vote on this at its next meeting in Montreal on 12 May 2016.”

Russian athletes have been banned from international competition since last year after the IAAF enforced a suspension following doping revelations.

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