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Members of Athletics Kenya have raised concern over the defection of younger stars to oil-rich countries in the Middle East, with the latest case being of Ruth Jebet, the World Junior steeplechase champion who is now running for Bahrain.
Rodgers Kapsiywo, a member from Mt Elgon, wants AK to own up and reveal the people involved in the transfer of youth and junior athletes who have not been exposed abroad.
“We are concerned AK is covering up this case. Who sanctioned these transfers? A year ago, these athletes were in our learning institutions competing in school games, how come they have been fast-tracked to change nationality without AK’s knowledge?” wondered Kapsiywo.
“Some officials in athletics are keen to reap from where they have not sown. That is why we have these wrangles between the national executive and the branch offices. The people who are suffering are athletes.
Concerns have been raised before as raw talent in track and field have been poached - changing their nationality in return for cash. AK Nairobi Branch chairman Barnaba Korir, said lack of structures and support for juniors is pushing them to switch nationality.
Jebet’s coach Gregory Kilonzo, from Riruta Satellite High School, is not the first tactician to work for the Arabs. Mike Kosgey and Boniface Tirem, Kenya’s assistant coach with the Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow, have their palms oiled with the Arab cash.
Whereas Kilonzo has been serving a suspension by Athletics Kenya (not related with his working for Bahrain), he returned to the country recently from a seminar in Japan after he was seconded by AK.
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The 11th edition of UAP Ndakaini half Marathon is scheduled for September 13, 2014. The organizers of the race have increased the prize money for the 42-km race during this year's event. During the launch of the public and corporate automated registration, UAP Insurance Kenya managing director James Wambugu said the new development was because of how the marathon has grown in leaps and bounds. He said that the registration of the 10km race will also be automated and the public can now conveniently register online at www.uapkenya.com/AUPNdakaini
The latest move will help tame the cheating that has been experienced in the previous editions.
Also present were Ndakaini Dam Environmental Conservative Association (NDEKA) sports coordinator, James Mukuna and IAAF director and technical advisor to Athletics Kenya, Ibrahim Hussein.
The winners will receive KSh200, 000 up from last year's top prize of Ksh 150,000. The first runner's up will pocket Ksh 100,000 each, while third placed will go home Sh70, 000 richer. Other races on the card include 10km and 5km races. Winners in the 10km will pocket Ksh 30,000 with second and third placed bagging Ksh15, 000 and Ksh10, 000 respectively. In the 5km race, the winner will pocket Ksh 5,000, second placed, Ksh4, 000 and third placed Sh3, 500.
Ibrahim Hussein thanked UAP on of behalf AK chairman Isaiah Kiplagat for tapping new talents countrywide and promoting Ndakaini as a sports tourist venue. He said that they hold The Ndakaini half Marathon in high esteem because it features prominently in the AK calendar.
Registration is ongoing countrywide at a fee of Sh1, 000 for individuals and Sh50, 000 for corporate teams with a maximum of 10 people.Add a comment
Team Kenya returns in Glory
The Kenyan athletes from the Commonwealth Games in Scotland arrived in the country in two batches but the majority gold medal winners opted to travel to Morocco for the Africa Senior Championships which starts on August 10-14 in Marrakech. The first batch returned home through Amsterdam while the second group passed through Dubai
Commonwealth Games1, 500m champion Mercy Cherono, world 800m champion Eunice Sum, woman's 3,000m steeplechaser Purity Kirui, Faith Chepngetich (1,500m) andJames Magut (1,500m) are among the gold medalists who travelled to Morocco.
However, Julius Yego may not participate after he suffered a groin muscle injury in the gold medal winning performance in Glasgow. The 25 year old Kenyan athlete got the groin injury during the warm up and almost pulled out of the competition because it was really painful but he decided to carry on. It was hard and difficult for Yego but he managed to earn a gold medal. With this Commonwealth Games medal, Yego believes that he is like any other Kenyan champion and the most precious of all the medals he has won.
Commonwealth Games 5,000m champion Caleb Mwangangi jetted into came back last week. Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha also jetted back over the weekend after collecting a silver medal where he lost to Botswana's former world junior champion Nijel Amos.
Peter Angwenyi, the Team Kenya liaison officer said that he was delighted with the performance that brought in ten gold medals. He added to say that this was one of their best performances at the Commonwealth Games and the athletes did fly the flag for the country high. Kenya finished the Games with 10 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze for ninth overall position behind leaders England with 56 gold. Kenya was third in Africa behind South Africa (13 gold) and Nigeria with 11 gold.Add a comment