Kenya anti-doping law still not passed, deadline looms
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) The speaker of Kenya's parliament ordered a committee to meet Thursday to discuss whether proposed anti-doping legislation should be fast-tracked to avoid missing a second deadline and putting the country's track stars in danger of an international ban.
Kenya has until April 5 to fall in line with global anti-doping rules or face being declared non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency. That could lead to the country being suspended from international competition by athletics governing body the IAAF. Kenya already missed one deadline last month to fulfil its requirements to WADA and is on its final warning.
Among other things, Kenya must pass new legislation that criminalizes doping.
Kenyan athletics is in the midst of a doping crisis, with more than 40 athletes failing drug tests since 2012 and four senior track officials suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations for ''potential subversion of the anti-doping control process in Kenya.''
On Tuesday, 2012 Boston Marathon winner Wesley Korir, who is a member of parliament in Kenya, criticized the committee dealing with the legislation for unnecessary delays. Those delays put Kenyan athletes in danger of missing the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, Korir said.
''We haven't moved anywhere,'' Korir said.