Kenya, WADA, doping – it’s all over the internet. What started back in 2013 as a conference to discuss strengthening the powers of the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA), led to the implementation of a new code in 2015. The new powers gave WADA the right to toughen up on countries deemed to be noncompliant, and allow them, via the International Association of Athletics Federations and the IOCto ban countries from participation in the Olympics if they deemed it necessary.

Kenya’s genuine efforts.

Kenya is not the only country in the world that is non-complaint, but they are one of the countries that have made genuine efforts to meet the WADA requirements on anti-doping. Real anger is being expressed, following threats that recent changes had not gone far enough for WADA. Even though Kenya created a new national testing authority, and passed stronger anti-doping laws back in April, WADA was not satisfied. The threat of being banned from the Rio Olympics still hovered over the country.

Emergency MP sitting.

BBC News reported that this week, Kenya MPs sat in an emergency sitting to pass further laws in their bid to stay in the games. According to the Kenya Daily Nation, the previous changes were thought to be adequate, but now they have been forced to get the Attorney general to push through urgently updated changes, to meet all the requirements of WADA. Kenya’s Solicitor General Njee Muturi expressed his dissatisfaction that WADA had made the spurning of their first efforts public before enabling Kenya the right to make a written explanation.

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Growing anger.

The quotes from Kenya in the press have been fairly polite until now, but a report in Kenya’s The Star revealed that behind the polite face of necessary compliance, lies a growing anger. In an article headlined Western countries want to block Kenya out of the 2016 Olympics, say MPs, Stephen Ole Letoo quoted Majority leader Aden Duale as implying that the big push to rush Kenya into making legal changes to gain compliance was “suspect” and that it looks like a bid to Keep Kenya out of the Rio Olympics.

He went on to point out that Kenya is the “only country in Africa” that has up until now complied, or made an effort to comply with WADA requirements He noted further, that “Britain has not complied with this deadline.” He was further very angry that Tanzania has not been given compliance orders of the same requirements as Kenya.

Deliberate action suggested.

Despite the reports on 13 May, that the IIAF has stated that Kenya would not be banned from Rio, the message from Members of Parliament is coming across as being perceived to be that the West has been making a deliberate effort to keep the world’s top track athletes away from the competition.

WADA and other organizations.

WADA is a cumbersome body and it has taken years since the 1999 formation, for the various bodies involved to come to any effective agreement. Kenya is not alone in facing the threats made by the various associated bodies. Even Australia has to make legal changes regarding child abuse. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC)demands a new child protection policy must be in place, or the country could face banning from Rio.

Dan Palmer reported in Inside the Games back on May 7th, that this came about after one of the Vice presidents of the OAC liaised with the President of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, about their concerns over a Brazilian swimming coach, who had been accused of “abusing young swimmers.” The case came to naught when charges were dropped.

Unfairly targeted.

For Kenya, the problems of other countries are outside of their sphere of interest and influence, unless Kenya is being treated less favorably and Kenyans are starting to believe that they are being unfairly targeted by the WADA demands.

Kenyans are tweeting their feelings about picked on, and here is one example:

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