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The IAAF Diamond League is series of track and field meetings which takes place annually since 2010. (Track and field is a combination of various athletic contests based on the skills of the athletes. This skills include running, throwing and jumping.) The IAAF Diamond League was planned to replace the IAAF Golden League which was also held every year since 1998.
The predecessor to the Diamond was the IAAF Golden League which was held in European cities. The aim of the IAAF Diamond League was to enhance the global appeal of athletics by going outside Europe.
During the season, thirty-two disciplines (sixteen male and sixteen females) are each staged a total of seven times . Points are awarded to the top three athletes and the points are doubled in the final meeting of the discipline. At the end of the season, the athlete with the most points in each discipline wins The Diamond Race. In a case where there is equality of points on the athletes, it is the number of victories that decides and if there is still a tie, the best result at the final meeting decides. To win The Diamond Race and its associated prize, an athlete must compete in the final of their event discipline.
Kenyan athletes have been performing well in The IAAF Diamond League since it replaced IAAF Golden League in 2010. Here are the Kenyans who have raised the Kenyan flag high during the event.
Conseslus Kipruto : 2013
Jairus Kipchoge Birech : 2014
From 2010 to 2014, Kenya is ranked second position by having a total number of 26 event winners behind USA with 39.
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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