The Kenyan team that will feature in the African championship in Durban South is in great shape ready to shake the continent with podium finishes. The spirit at the camp is so high and rearing to go.
But although the training is at top notch with coaches taking no chances for failure a concerned official who did not want to be named due to the repercussion said,” a number of international athletes in the camp are unhappy of the said championship because they won’t have enough recovery time to compete in the Rio selection that will happen in two days’ time from the time they come from Durban, South Africa”.
Our runners will be so exhausted and they won’t be able to perform well with the little duration of time they have because the competition starts from June 22 and 26 and the Rio selection is on June 30 and July 1.
The selection team for Rio needs equal level of playing ground but at the moment that seems not to be the case. The African Championship team will be more disadvantageous because of Heat competition, jet lag and climate change, said the source.
The other team will have had plenty of time to practice championship because of fatigue.
Athletes who have withdrawn from African Championship Team
Quite a of number of high profile athletes have withdrawn from the team sighting the time frame for recovery and the importance of the competition.
Winnie Chebet, Jonathan Kitilit and Nicholas Kiplagat both 800m runners, Kenneth Kipkemobi (10,000m) and Sheila Chelangat (5,000m), have opted to concentrate on their Olympics trials to be held on June 30 and July 1 at Kipchoge Stadium, Eldoret.