Athletics Kenya (AK) has threatened not to clear Kenyan runners for future Warsaw Marathon events over alleged mistreatment of athletes.
In a protest letter to the Warsaw Marathon organisers, the federation threatened that AK will not clear Kenyans to compete in future Warsaw Marathon races if no good explanation is given.
The AK president Jackson Tuwei said in the letter federation is demanding for answers from the Warsaw Marathon organisers after Recho Kosgei failed to get urgent medical attention after she collapsed a few metres to the finish line.
Tuwei said AK has questioned why there were no medical personnel at the vicinity despite the race being an International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) bronze label event.
“We are demanding for answers from the organisers since the route is supposed to be marked well with medical personnel at designated sections,” said Tuwei.
The organisers of Warsaw Marathon, held Sunday, have come under heavy criticism after they failed to assist Kosgei, who collapsed with only 800m to the finish line.
“We are yet to get a response from the organisers but will follow it up as we also take up the issue with IAAF,” he said.
Kosgei, 32, was leading the women’s race by almost three minutes, and is seen in a widely shared video, struggling to stay on her feet as she collapsed several times with no one to assist.
Kosgei, is seen wobbling from side to side on the Polish capital’s roads in the final mile, occasionally turning her head around for almost two minutes. She saw nobody in the distance behind her.
The athlete eventually, slowly, collapsed to the pavement about 2 hours, 30 minutes into the 42km race in the video clip that went viral.
Kosgei did not finish the race and was eventually treated by medical personnel, according to Polish media as Ethiopian Bekelu Beji strode past her and went on to win the women’s race in 2:35:08.
“The athlete is seen trying to raise hands seeking help and it’s shocking that it took time before she could get help yet it’s the last section of the race,” complained Tuwei.