Preparations towards Paris 2024, keeping athletes safe, trusting in the system and innovation to curb the doping menace topped the discussion during World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) Africa Director Rodney Swigelaar’s courtesy call to the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) ahead of Paris 2024.
CEO Anti-doping Agency of Kenya Sarah Shibutse accompanied Rodney.
He noted NOC-K’s cooperation and collaboration with the government and various bodies such as the medical practitioner’s fraternity by entering into an operating agreement towards combating the doping menace.
The director said all eyes will be on Kenya, the top country in the Olympics in Paris 2024 following a stellar performance in Tokyo 2020.
“I’m glad and proud to see Kenya signed an MOU with the city of Miramas this past weekend to kick start early preparations towards the Games. I am also pleased to see that the lead team towards the Games has been appointed and has hosted us at the NOC-K office and assured us of Team Kenya’s exemplary performance,” Rodney said.
“As athletes, most times we lack education or the people surrounding us don’t guide us enough. We’re glad to have the Africa director here to hear from the government, the regulators but also from the athletes,” Athlete
Representative Humphrey Kayange said.
The conversation also covered various areas of NOC-K’S development priorities and ADAK’S challenges.
Both sides expressed interest in holding hands to see that Kenya as a Sports powerhouse performed to its best.
The CDM thanked the Director for continued cooperation in the drive for clean sports, strategic partnerships, and finding regional solutions to Africa’s response to the doping menace.