The announcement was made at a meeting with Athletics Kenya, Anti-Doping Association of Kenya (ADAK) and government officials at Riadha house in Nairobi, Kenya on 6th March 2017.
Kenya had been previously using labs in Doha and South Africa and although a definite timeline is yet to be set out, the local lab will be available once the impending introduction of blood testing is approved.
Among the steps the IAAF has taken to address the issue of use of performance enhancing drugs includes forming a panel of six doctors christened the 'Kenya Doctors Network' from whom athletes will seek advice from.
Thomas Capdeville, anti-doping manager at the IAAF said: “It is something we have been discussing and talked of length. As IAAF we are committed to ensuring this happens and most of the support we will give will involve us sending in specialists who are going to train the locals and if need be, we will even put in financial help. I am pleased with the efforts the country has put in but more can be done to ensure the country remains clean and off suspicion.”
Japhter Rugut, chief executive officer of ADAK said: "It would be convenient to have the laboratory locally. There is a challenge of ferrying the samples from the collection point, to Nairobi and transmitting the same to a WADA accredited lab. Logistically and financially it would be great.
"Urine samples are not so hard because it can be ferried almost effortlessly. It would be more complicated now that we have to include blood samples given the time limits needed to reach the laboratory."
Harun Komen, director of administration in the ministry of sports said: "The government is aiding the process and is hopeful that by the end of April 2017, a fully equipped lab would be available to be inspected by IAAF and approved by WADA. ADAK and the government will look to use an already existing health facility and only equip it with necessary equipment other than building up an entirely new facility.”
Jackson Tuwei, Athletics Kenya president added: "In Kenya we have not been doing blood testing for quite a while but it has reached a stage where we need to introduce some of this. We will introduce that slowly, step by step because we need to educate our athletes in terms of what they are supposed to do.
"We have spoken to IAAF, given reports on our progress and to WADA as well. We don't want whatever happened to our athletes towards Rio last year to happen again this year. We want our athletes to go to London clean, confident and they go compete with the rest of the world with that confidence.”