On Thursday, 19th January 2023, the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) carried out a workshop to educate 200 athletes from Kibabii University’s various sporting disciplines. The training took place at Tourist Hotel, Bungoma. ADAK, domiciled in the Ministry of Sports is mandated to carry out the fight against doping in sports through anti-doping values-based education, sensitization and awareness campaigns. According to the head of delegation Dr. Festus Kiplamai, the regulatory Agency focuses on protecting the ‘clean athlete’ by carrying out effective doping tests among all Kenyan athletes.
Among the highlights of the training included: antidoping rule violations; doping control process; prohibited list 2023 (substances); Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE); sports injury management and the consequences of doping. The trainers also highlighted on the use of food supplements by sportsmen, stating the dire consequences to careers of athletes.
“We advocate for use of balanced diet as opposed to food supplements because they pose a risk of inadvertent doping from contaminated supplements,” Dr. Kiplamai advised. He was also accompanied by Mr. Victor Ashiali and Thomas Kemboi, both proficient sportsmen serving at the Agency as Anti-doping trainers.
The day-long event hosted by the Games and Sports Department was officially closed by the Deputy Dean of Students Dr. Benson Nasong’o. He lauded ADAK for sponsoring and facilitating the event and termed it a milestone for this fastest growing university in sports.