President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the Anti-Doping (Amendment) Bill, 2020 into law.
The new law amends the Anti-Doping Act of 2016 to align Kenya's legislative framework with the 2021 World Anti-Doping code and regulations.
The new anti-doping law also ensures the continued participation of Kenyan athletes in local, regional and international competitions in line with the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention against doping in sports.
The National Assembly passed the Anti-Doping (Amendment) Bill, 2020 on December 22, 2020 while the Senate passed it on December 29, 2020 before it was presented to the President for signing on Thursday, beating the 1st January 2021 deadline set to bar athletes from non-compliant countries from participating in international sporting competitions.
The signing of the Anti-Doping bill into law comes as cases of Kenyan athletes being banned from international events have been on the rise in recent years staining Kenya's standing in the global sporting arena.