World Anti-Doping Agency officials declared Kenya’s drug-fighting agency out of compliance Thursday, a move that places the track powerhouse’s participation in this summer’s Olympics in jeopardy.
The move comes less than a month after the country’s president signed legislation that criminalizes doping. The law was expected to put Kenya’s new anti-doping agency in the clear.
But Rene Bouchard, the chair of WADA’s compliance review committee, said the new law does not meet all the requirements WADA asked for and recommended that WADA’s foundation board declare the anti-doping agency out of compliance.
WADA made a similar move with Russia’s anti-doping agency in November. Track’s governing body, the IAAF, has final say on the status of Kenya’s track team.