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- South Africa: Olympians, World Champions Take On the Rest At Roodeplaat
- Kenya: First Lady Invites Envoys to Participate in Her Marathon
- Tunisia: Caid Essebsi Receives Athletes Who Distinguished Themselves in 2015
- Uganda: Kiprotich in Third Tokyo Marathon Appearance
- Nigeria: Kiplagat - I Am Here to Win the Lagos City Marathon
- Zimbabwe: National Cross-Country Champs On
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- Namibia: Cyclists Chase Olympic Spot
- Gambia: Gssaa Inter-School Athletics Heat Begins Today
ANXIETY AND FEAR GRIPS ATHLETICS KENYA AS WADA REPORT IS SET TO BE RELEASED.
The much anticipated WADA report is set to be released on 14th January 2015.
The second part of the report with the initial report sending shock waves in Russia, with allegation of state sponsored doping of their athletes by their governing body and secondly high levels of corruption in the world’s athletics body, International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). That report came as a relief to Kenyan athletes because there were no mentions of them.
“Richard Pound, the chairman of WADA will present the finding on 14th January and media conference will follow suit on Munich”, a statement from WADA read.
The report findings will not rule out criminal conviction and court ruling of those alleged to be involved in doping. On the backdrop of Kenya’s reluctance to enforce doping regulations and implement structures, dire consequences of the report are keeping our athletes on the edge. This should be the case because in November last year, WADA suspended Russian Athletes from participating on any athletics event over doping allegations.
Anti doping Agency formed in Kenya
The chilling allegations from WADA sent shock waves and prompted the Kenyan government to form an anti doping agency dubbed ADAK-Anti Doping Agency of Kenya on 12th November, 2015 a few days later after the first WADA findings were released.
Around the same time, Sharad Rao, a former deputy prosecutor was appointed by IAAF to investigate corrupt officials in Athletics Kenya which culminated in the suspension of three high ranking officials- Isaih Kiplagat,the federation’s outgoing president, David Okeyo, Vice President and former Treasurer, Mr. Joseph Kinyua over gross corruption and misuse of IAAF funds.
AK Officials on doping
Just recently a German broadcaster ARD/WDR aired a controversial documentary where Paul Simbolei a training coach at Kipsero Training club alleged that AK officials were taking a portion of the race winnings in order to cover up doping claims from athletes.
He has since been contacted by police over the same and he will soon record statement.Add a comment
SOYA Awards 2016
The 12th Edition of The Sport Personality of the Year (SOYA) will be held at the Kenyatta International Conference centre in Nairobi. This gala seeks to reward the best athletes in Kenya who not only brought honor to this country but joy and jubilation amongst sports fan. However, with revelation of doping and performance enhancing drugs amongst the elite local athletes in Kenya, the annual gala will take a different theme this time round with emphasis on keeping the sport clean and maintaining integrity.
The event was launched on October last year by the president and patron of the gala, Dr. Paul Tergat and will culminate in rewards on January 2016, a ceremony in which it will be graced by the usual sponsors, Safaricom who have pumped in Kshs. 15 Million and Multichoice’s, SuperSport who donated Kshs. 1.5Million. Emphasis was laid more on the need to sanitize the sport plagued by allegation of doping and will take the theme-“Take Responsibility, Stay Clean”
“This foundation was set purely to reward the most hardworking sportsperson in the country. Rewards and success only which is achieved through sheer discipline, dedication and honesty, the tendency for unfair play has no place in the awards or sport and this is the reason why we are raising awareness to all stakeholders involved through this theme”, said Paul Tergat during the launch of the initiative.
Also present was Joseph Ogutu, The Director of Strategy and Innovation at Safaricom who was at the forefront lauding Paul Tergat’s sentiments. He mentioned that his company will only continue providing financial and technical support towards the initiative provided that it is directed towards making sporting activities dope free and funds are used transparently.
This year edition will prove to be tough for the panel of judges drawn from various sport reporters, editors and writers considering the huge success of athletes during the past year. The Kenyan Team Olympic qualification, performance in local and regional competitions and the sterling performance of athletes in the recently concluded World athletics championship in Beijing-where Kenya topped the chart for the first time in history, will surely provide hard choices for the judges.
The public is allowed to vote for their favorite athlete here and through their social media pages-FaceBook-Soya Awards, Twitter-@soyaawards or through email by simple emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The following are the various categories for voting:
Ø Overall Sports Personality of the Year
Ø Sportsman of the Year
Ø Sports woman of the Year
Ø Sports team of the Year (men)
Ø School team of the Year (Boys)
Ø School team of the Year (girls)
Ø Sport steam of the Year (women)
Ø Most promising sports personality (boy)
Ø Most promising Sports personality (girl)
Ø Sportsman of the Year with Disability
Ø Sportswoman of the Year with Disability
Ø Sports Federation/Association of the Year
Ø Outstanding Performance of the Year
Ø Comeback Award of the year
Ø Coach of the Year
Ø Community Hero/Heroine of the Year
Ø Hall of Fame
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The marathon the teachers will die running.
The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres ( 26 miles and 385 yards). The name Marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. The legend states that he was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon . It is said that he ran the entire 26 mile distance without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming "we have wοn" before collapsing and dying.
The teachers of Kenya have been running a marathon over the last seventeen years. They must be care full to declare “we have wοn” and not collapse and die at the end of the race like Pheidippides.
Marathon deaths are in rare in modern marathon running but nonetheless they do occur. The cause of sudden death is said to typically be an undetected underlying health condition of the runner.
Even as it runs the marathon, the teaching fraternity has to be weary of a number of underlying conditions that could easily see them become victims of sudden marathon death. The biggest of these is the human frailties of the leadership. While the union leaders have done well so far, teachers must be aware that their leaders still remain vulnerable to intimidation and/or comprise. They must be willing to swallow a bitter pill in the event this condition was to manifest itself.
The other underlying condition, perhaps even worse than leadership frailties, is pecuniary embarrassment. This is a condition for which the teachers will need to swallow the bitterest of pills if they are to run the full marathon. Teachers must know that we don’t all get salary advances yet we somehow manage to pay fees when they send our kids home for fees. They must know that they won’t die if they don’t get their salaries for 2 or 3 months.
The environmental conditions under which a marathon is run also greatly affects runners and especially so those with an underlying health conditions. Hot and humid weather conditions are usually pretty challenging. Teachers must understand that they are running in terrible conditions- very hot and humid. They must be willing to sweat it out it out to the end.
They must also be aware that they are dealing with race organizers who have done an excellent job of inciting the spectators against them. They spectators have been made to believe that the teachers are cheats and they could fraudulently win the race becoming instant millionaires. They must soldier on despite the jeers and the boos from the spectators.
Ever wondered why the marathon is run over such a crazy distance: 42.195 kilometers ( 26 miles and 385 yards) and not a plain 26 miles or 40 kilometers?
For the 1908 London Olympics, the course was laid out from Windsor Castle to White City stadium, about 26 miles. However, to locate the finish line in front of the royal family's viewing box, an extra 385 yards was added inside the stadium.
There you go. Numbers were manipulated to please the royalty. The reason Serem and her utterly useless busy body outfit are lying that teachers’ salaries and those of other public servants appears are harmonized is to please the royalty. The young men who wrote Uhuru’s teachers strike speech tried to manipulate figures please the royalty.
Maybe Serem and these young men have such contempt for teachers because whoever taught them maths did a horrible job out of it. Simple maths would have told them that the numbers they gave king made him lie out rightly.
In his statement the president said “All public and state officers, myself included, number 680,000 … last year, KSh 568 billion went to pay our wages”
It is well documented that during the said period, TSC paid 280,000 teachers 161 billion. So 161 billion paid 280,000 while 400 billion paid 400 thousand public servants in essence meaning a teacher was paid an average sh 50,000 while other public servants were paid an average 100,000 per month.
So whatever the case the figures simply do not add up. Either Uhuru lied on the wage bill or he lied that the salaries are harmonized.
Serem is basically an overfed mother who is gobbling sausages while admonishing her baby for pushing away “ugali lala” and demanding bread explaining to the father(who is munching bacon) that she simply can’t understand why the brat can’t see the family cannot afford bread.
The teachers must refuse to eat “ugali lala” while their father, mother, elder brothers and sisters are belching from feeding on pizza bought with money from the family kitty.
Meanwhile, as the teachers wear out from their lengthy marathon, there is a serious sprint going on. Billionaire senior counsels are trying to out-sprint one another to most millions from the government in legal fees.Add a comment