World Rugby has cleared Kenya of doping allegations after finding no evidence to support claims by the Kenya Anti-Doping Taskforce Report of “systematic banned substances use within the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU)”.
The Moni Wekesa-chaired Kenya Anti-Doping Taskforce claimed in their Report of 2014 to have identified doping within KRU prompting the world governing body to launch investigations with support of World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).
Wekesa’s committee claimed in their findings presented to Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario in May 2014 that supplements with banned substances were widely used by rugby players in the country.
World Rugby with support of Wada commissioned the investigation into the findings of the Report that alleged doping practices by coaches involved in the senior national team 15s and sevens programmes between 2013 and 2014.
“In rugby, at the national team level and at two of the clubs, there appears to be systematic doping of players through the use of food supplements laced with steroids,” read part of the Report.
Former KRU chairman, Mwangi Muthee, dismissed the claims maintaining it was the wrong way to deal with the threat of drug abuse by sports persons in the country.
Muthee said on Thursday that Wekesa’s committee squandered an opportunity to help Kenya expose the cause of doping in the country especially in athletics.
“They failed to assist sports associations with facts from doctors and scientific laboratory operators and instead willingly or unwittingly caused their comments to be published in a very casual manner in the media,” Muthee charged.
World Rugby said comprehensive investigations were undertaken by an independent World Rugby Anti-Doping Advisory Committee member, Gregor Nicholson, and specifically focused on whether there was any evidence to suggest that an anti-doping rule violation had occurred.
World Rugby investigations confirmed use of nutritional supplements by the KRU and no evidence to suggest that the supplements used by the players contained any banned substance.
The statement explained that no evidence of an anti-doping rule violation were committed by the KRU or members of the national team coaching staff and that supplements were not introduced to the players by former sevens coach Paul Treu, contrary to the allegations within the report.
The investigations also revealed that the Kenya Sevens and 15s squads were routinely tested in and out of competition at World Rugby events, with no adverse analytical findings.
World Rugby said it is also prioritising the training of more regional educators to deliver anti-doping information at regional level, with a new pilot programme to be rolled out this year.
World Rugby continues to work with the Kenya Rugby Football Union to implement robust supplement education to all players and coaching staff via its Keep Rugby Clean programme.
“Kenyan players will also be tested extensively as part of the World Rugby anti-doping programme and in particular its pre-Olympic testing programme for participating unions and players,” said World Rugby.