The World Anti-Doping Agency has extended the deadline for Kenya to finalize legislation on doping by one month.
The country risks an international ban if it fails to meet the new deadline.
Kenya missed an April 5 deadline, when an independent compliance review committee decided the country’s anti-doping program was still not in sync with the international doping code.
“We have been given a one-month extension by WADA. We are proceeding to Mombasa to consult with the Parliamentary Committee on Labour and Sports so that when the bill comes for a second reading… we will be on the same page,” said an Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) source.
Although being non-compliant with WADA’s rules doesn’t immediately affect Kenyan athletes, it could spur the IAAF to consider further sanctions, including a possible international ban on the East African nation with a rich history of distance running champions.
Officials in Kenya have expressed confidence that the necessary legal works should be completed within the one month extension period.