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Kenya clears WADA deadline

dpadpa 19/04/2016

Kenya's parliament has passed an anti-doping bill that means the African nation has met a deadline set by WADA.

The Kenyan parliament has passed an anti-doping bill that ensures the African nation will be allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics.

The long-awaited bill makes it a criminal offence in some cases to use or supply performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.

The bill only requires the signature of President Uhuru Kenyatta to come into force.

"Today is a great day. The Anti-Doping Bill has been passed," sports minister Hassan Wario told the Capital FM radio station.

"Olympics here we come!"

WADA had set Kenya a May 2 deadline to pass the bill or face being declared non-compliant with its anti-doping code which could have led to Kenyan athletes being banned from the forthcoming Olympics later this year.

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