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NAIROBI---Under pressure to show it is taking
its own doping problem seriously, Kenya s gov-
ernment gave the go-ahead yesterday for a new
national anti-doping agency to begin work, allow-
ing it to carry out tests and prosecute cases.
The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya---ADAK---
was officially recognised by Kenyan President Uhuru
Kenyatta. Following the release of a WADA report
alleging a vast, state-sponsored doping program
in Russia, Kenya is also under scrutiny for a recent
surge in doping cases.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has been calling
for Kenya to set up an anti-doping agency ever
since allegations of widespread drug use among
the country s dominant distance runners emerged
WADA warned again this week that Kenya hasn t
done enough to combat doping and urged the gov-
ernment to set up an effective anti-doping body.
Kenyatta chaired a meeting of his cabinet Friday
morning and signed off on ADAK, according to a
cabinet office statement, allowing it to become
fully operational. ADAK will now be responsible
for doping tests in Kenya, oversee the prosecution
of cases, and "develop and execute anti-doping
rules and regulations," the statement said.
For years a powerhouse in middle- and long-
distance running, suspicions were raised over
Kenya s success when allegations were made that
banned substances were easily available in the
country and there were few doping tests.
Since then, nearly 40 Kenyans have failed doping
tests, including two runners at the world athletics
championships in Beijing in August.
One of WADA s main criticisms of Kenya has
been that the government has not provided enough
funding for an effective anti-doping programme.
An independent report that was released in 2014
said Kenya s track federation had an annual budget
for doping tests of $2,000---barely enough for five
The Kenyan government didn t provide specific
details of funding for ADAK on Friday. There are
also doubts over the progress of a new anti-doping
laboratory in the capital, Nairobi, which is supposed
to be functioning but is yet to open. (AP)
Kenyan govt gives
LONDON---IAAF leaders are set to sus-
pend the Russian federation yesterday,
keeping the country s track and field ath-
letes out of international competition for
an indefinite period that could include next
year s Olympics in Brazil.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe convened
an emergency meeting of his 27-member
council via teleconference yesterday evening
to vote on a provisional suspension of Russia
following the damning allegations of sys-
tematic, state-sponsored doping contained
in a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency
Under heavy pressure to take tough action,
Coe was expected to secure approval from
the council for the maximum sanction,
despite efforts by Russian officials to avoid
a blanket ban by agreeing to cooperate and
make reforms in their anti-doping system.
An IAAF statement listed the main agenda
item of the meeting: "Decision to provi-
sionally suspend the All-Russia Athletic
Federation (ARAF) as an IAAF member."
A suspension would take effect imme-
diately, barring Russian athletes from all
international track and field events until the
country can prove it has put its house in
order. It would be the first time the Inter-
national Association of Athletics Federations
has ever banned a country over its doping
The Russian federation is likely to be given
a month or so before appearing at a dis-
ciplinary hearing, where the IAAF could
then elevate the sanction to a full suspen-
The IAAF and WADA would need to set
out the terms for what the Russians need
to do to get a suspension lifted, including
complying fully with the global anti-doping
With the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro nine
months away, the big question is whether
Russia s track team will be allowed to com-
pete in the games. Some Olympic officials
have said Russia should have enough time
to take the necessary steps to make it to
the Olympics, which run from August 5-
21.Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko
said yesterday he is "completely sure" that
Russia will be able to compete at the
Olympics. Speaking before the IAAF meet-
ing, he said he thought any suspension
would be short.
"We may miss one or two competitions,
but for athletes with clean consciences to
miss the Olympics or a world championships
would be real stupidity," he said in Moscow.
In the short term, a suspension would
keep Russians out of a dozen or so inter-
national events the rest of this year, including
the European cross-country championships
in France on December 13. The athletes
could then miss the indoor season, including
the world indoor championships in Portland,
Oregon, from March 17-20.
Other big events that Russian runners
could be ineligible for include the Boston
and London Marathons in April.
Russia also faces being stripped of the
hosting rights of three IAAF events---the
Moscow indoor meet on February 14, the
world race walking championships in
Cheboksary from May 7-15, and the world
junior championships in Kazan from July
19-24. Russia has been the dominant force
in world race walking.
Russian athletes would be eligible to com-
pete in their own national events during a
ban, which only covers international com-
Some officials, including IAAF vice pres-
ident Sergei Bubka, the pole vault great from
Ukraine, have argued against a blanket ban,
saying it would penalise "innocent" athletes
who haven t been found guilty or implicated
However, the report by the WADA panel
outlined a deep-rooted, systematic doping
system that cast doubt on the entire Russian
athletics program, making it difficult to
judge which athletes are clean or not.
The IAAF council was meeting by tele-
conference, chaired by Coe in London.
Russia s IAAF council member, Mikhail
Butov, was to present his federation s position
at the start of the meeting, but then recuse
himself from the debate and the vote.
A simple majority was required for the
suspension resolution to pass. Coe would
cast a vote only in the case of a tie.
Russia s initial reaction to Monday s dop-
ing report was one of indignation and that
the allegations were politically-motivated.
However, in recent days, the tone shifted
as President Vladimir Putin acknowledged
the gravity of the problem and ordered an
investigation by Russian sports leaders.
"We re prepared for broad cooperation,"
Mutko told R-Sport news agency yesterday.
Mutko said he has asked WADA president
Craig Reedie to provide a "road map" that
Russia could follow. (AP)
IAAF poised to suspend Russian
federation in doping scandal
MINNEAPOLIS---Golden State s
Stephen Curry scored 21 points
in the first quarter to set up
another dominant performance
personally and by his team as the
Warriors won 129--116 at Min-
nesota on Thursday night to
make it ten straight wins to start
In the day s other two matches,
reserve Tyler Johnson sank two
key late baskets to give Miami the
narrowest of wins against Utah,
and Phoenix rolled past a depleted
Los Angeles Clippers lineup.
Curry, the reigning league MVP,
bit 15 of 25 shots, including 8 of
13 3-pointers, to finish with 46
Draymond Green had 23 points,
12 assists and eight rebounds for
the Warriors, who are the fourth
defending champion to start the
season with at least ten straight
Karl-Anthony Towns had 17
points and 11 rebounds for the
Timberwolves, who have lost all
four home games this season while
winning all four away. Ricky Rubio
missed his second straight game
with a strained left hamstring.
The Warriors went 18 for 38
from 3-point range while Min-
nesota was just 3 for 9.
Miami s Tyler Johnson hit two
key field goals in the final 1:48 as
the Heat squeezed past Utah
Chris Bosh scored 25 points,
and Johnson finished with 17 as
the Heat won its third straight
win to open a seven-game home-
Miami started the game on a
9--0 run and opened the fourth
quarter with a 13--4 spurt.
Derrick Favors led Utah with
25 points and 12 rebounds.
Miami played without Dwyane
Wade, who was excused for a
Utah was without starting cen-
ter Rudy Gobert, the NBA s No 3
shot-blocker, who has a sprained
Phoenix s Brandon Knight
matched his career high with 37
points and Eric Bledsoe fell one
assist shy of his second career
triple-double as the Suns downed
the Clippers 11104.
Los Angeles was without
starting guards Chris Paul (groin
strain) and JJ Redick (lower back
spasms), then Blake Griffin was
ejected after drawing his second
technical foul with 2:36 left in
the first half. (AP)
Curry still hot as Warriors
down Wolves in NBA
...improves to 10--0
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, drives around Minnesota Timberwolves'
Andre Miller during the second half of an NBA match, Thursday night in
Minneapolis. Curry led all scorers with 46 points as the Warriors won 129--116.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko
gestures speaking at his meeting with the
media in Moscow, Russia, yesterday.
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