The National Olympic Committee of Kenya is stepping up its fight against doping in sport ©Getty Images

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) has cranked up its efforts to rid drugs from sport as the country battles to stave off a potential ban from international athletics due to doping problems.

The NOC-K is reportedly working with medical and health professionals in the country to evaluate anti-doping measures in place in sports.

Webinars have been held in conjunction with the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) too as the NOC-K works with Athletics Kenya in the fight against doping.

The sessions looked at the anti-doping measures put in place by the World Anti-Doping Agency and ADAK as well as the WADA prohibited list and therapeutic use exemptions, according to the Sunday Standard.

The efforts by the NOC-K come amid fears that Kenya could be banned by World Athletics.

At least 55 Kenya athletes are serving bans with a further eight provisionally suspended, according to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

Kenya is one of seven "Category A" nations deemed by the AIU to have the highest doping risk and threaten the overall integrity of the sport.

Diana Kipyokei and Lawrence Cherono, both former Boston Marathon winners, are among the high-profile Kenyan athletes currently banned.

Lawrence Cherono is one of several Kenyan athletes who have failed drugs tests ©Getty Images
Lawrence Cherono is one of several Kenyan athletes who have failed drugs tests ©Getty Images

Kenya is expected to be on the agenda of World Athletics' Council meeting in the coming week.

The Kenyan Government has pledged to increase funding to help towards the country's anti-doping efforts over the next five years.

"Kenya will stop at nothing to protect its most valuable asset - the athlete," said Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba, as reported by Kenya Online News.

"Athletics Kenya and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya will utilise the additional funding from government to develop their testing, mobilization, reconnaissance, surveillance and enforcement capabilities.

"We laud the President of World Athletics, Lord Sebastian Coe for acknowledging our efforts in this regard.  

"In his communication to me this week, Coe praised the Government’s action and plan in the fight against the threat of doping."