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Nairobi Weekend Meet Attains World Athletics Status

Athletics Kenya (AK) will host the second Athletics Kenya Track and Field Weekend Meet at the Nyayo Stadium Nairobi on Friday, 24th February and Saturday, 25th February 2023.

The meet will be a World Athletics (WA) Competition Ranking competition which means results can be used by the World Athletics governing body WA for statistical purposes such as Entry Standards, World Ranking, Top List, Records among others.

The event now features on the World Athletics Global Calendar.

Athletes will also participate in the event to attain qualification standards for the World Championships that will be held in Budapest, Hungary in August.

Athletics Kenya executive committee member in charge of the youth Baranaba Korir who doubles as the chair of AK Nairobi region also explained that the event will also give athletes who register exceptional results and are not in the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) testing pools to be identified and tested according to AIU rules targeting countries in category A ahead of major events.

Similarly, the two-day event will also double up as trials to select the Under-18/ Under-20 team that will represent Kenya at the U-18 and U-20 East African Athletics Regional Championships that will be staged at the Benjamin William Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 10th – 11th March 2023.
Athletes will compete in all events apart from the pole vault in the senior category while in under-20 the following events have been lined up; 100 (men), 200m (women), 400m (men and women), 1500m (women), shot put (women), javelin (women), discus (men) and long jump (men).

The following events will be competed in under-18 category-100m (girls), 200m (boys), 400m (girls and boys), 800m (girls and boys), 3000m (girls), 5000m (boys), javelin (girls) and long jump (girls).

Divine Oduduru faces six year ban if convicted by AIU

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Divine Oduduru from Nigeria for two potential Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs), which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 26 year-old who is African Games 200m silver medallist, has a personal best of 9.86 seconds in the 100m and 19.73 seconds in 200m which is a national record, faces a potential six years ban for colluding with Blessing Okagbare who is serving an eleven year ban by AIU.

The AIU is seeking for a six year ban after concluding that, “In February 2022, a sole arbitrator of the AIU Disciplinary Tribunal concluded that they were ‘comfortably satisfied’ that ‘Athlete 1’ was Oduduru’s team mate, Okagbare.



Natsinet Amanuel handed three years ban by AIU

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has handed Natsinet Amanuel from Eritrea three years doping ban for the presence/use of a Prohibited Substance/Method which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 29-year-old won the Eritrean women’s 10,000m title at the Asmara Central Stadium in 2020, in a time of 35:27.92.

Amanuel finished in fourth place last year at the Amsterdam Marathon in a time of 2:22.45.

The AIU the notice of Charge takes effect from 9 December 2022 and all he results have been disqualified from results since 16 October 2022.

Betty Lempus banned for five years by AIU

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned Betty Lempus from for five years for the presence of a Prohibited Substance (Triamcinolone Acetonide) and for Tampering with any part of Doping Control by an Athlete which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 31 year-old who smashed Paris half-marathon course record at last year’s edition, had been charged afresh in December for Tampering with any part of Doping Control by an Athlete and her suspension still remains in force.


Belarus coach charged by AIU over Tokyo Games Scandal

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has charged Belarusian coach Yury Maisevich for for alleged breaches of the World Athletics’ Integrity Code of Conduct regarding the withdrawal of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in August 2021.

Maisevich, who was the Belarus’ athletics head coach in Tokyo, has been charged with committing breaches of the following Integrity Standards in the Integrity Code of Conduct: Honesty (Rule 3.3.1), Dignity (Rule 3.3.10) and Protect Reputation (Rule 3.3.17).

Tsimanouskaya was ordered to fly home after criticizing coaches for entering her in the 4x400m relay without her knowledge and was taken to the airport in Tokyo before she could run in her chosen 200m event.

Moisevich and team official Artur Shumak who has not been charged, were then kicked out of the Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), days after they ordered Tsimanouskaya to pack her bags and go to the airport.

The AIU alleges that, in respect of these circumstances of Tsimanouskaya’s removal from the Olympic Games, Maisevich did not act with integrity and acted in bad faith; failed to safeguard the athlete’s dignity and his actions constituted verbal and mental harassment; and that he brought athletics generally into disrepute.

“An important role of the AIU is to safeguard athletes and protect them from harassment. The AIU has investigated this matter thoroughly and considers there is a case to answer for a breach of the Integrity Code of Conduct,” said AIU Head Brett Clothier.

The case was then referred to the AIU by the IOC and World Athletics (WA) on 30 September 2021 and his accreditation revoked.

Ana Lucia José Tima suspended by AIU

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Ana Lucia José Tima, from Dominican for the presence/use of a Prohibited Substance enobosarm and GW501516, which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

Tima who is a triple jumper and represented her nation twice at the Olympic Games, has had similar effects to anabolic steroids which increases physical stamina and fitness; while GW501516 can be used as a performance-enhancing drug.

The 33 year-old competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the women’s triple jump, but failed to qualify, finishing 27th out of 37 with a best of 13.61 metres.

At Tokyo 2020, she was just 10 centimetres short of the final, with a best of 14.11m for 16th.

José Tima’s best result came in 2022, when she made the World Athletics Championships final in Oregon, placing 10th with a jump of 14.13m.

James Wangari suspended for the second time for doping

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended James Mwangi Wangari from Kenya for the presence/use of a Prohibited Substance Norandrosterone, which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

This will be the second doping offence for e 28 year-old who was banned for four years in 2017 for the Presence / Use of a Prohibited Substance (Testosterone) (Article 2.1and Article 2.2)

Mwangi holds a personal best of 59:07 that he got at the 2016 Copenhagen Half Marathon where he took the honors.

Natsinet Amanuel suspended for doping

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Natsinet Amanuel from Eritrea for the presence/use of a prohibited substance, testosterone, which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 29-year-old won the Eritrean women’s 10,000m title at the Asmara Central Stadium in 2020, in a time of 35:27.92.

Amanuel finished in fourth place last year at the Amsterdam Marathon in a time of 2:22.45.

The AIU has issued the ntice of Charge.

Ruth Jebet wins Nandi Mountain Run

Former Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet won the women 12km race title at the 2nd edition of Nandi Barngetuny Memorial Mountain Run held on Sunday (8) in Tinderet, Nandi County.

The 26 year-old who was banned for four years by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after testing positive for r-EPO (recombinant erythropoietin) in 2018 won the women title in a time of 1:09.05 and was followed in second by the 2017 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon champion, Bornes Kitur in 1:09.47 with Ruth Chepkemoi finishing in third place in a time of 1:12.58.

The race was graced by Athletics Kenya president Jack Tuwei who urged athletes to embrace the new Mountain running race for prosperity of talents.

“This is a new career that needs to be nurtured. These athletes are ahead of us in terms of preparations after they went ahead to win gold and silver at the World Mountain and Terrace running last year. It is a good race and we must guard it very well,” said Tuwei.

Jebet who transferred her eligibility to run for Bahrain at the age of sixteen, pocketed Kshs 100,000.



  1. Ruth Jebet             -1:09.05
  2. Bornes Kitur         -1:09.47
  3. Ruth Chepkemoi  -1:12.58
  4. Peres Kiyai             -1:13.11
  5. Priscila Cherono  -1:14:45

Amos Kipruto: No shortcuts to richness

Reigning London marathon champion Amos Kipruto has added his voice to clean sport after Kenya was spared from suspension due to rampant doping cases in the country.

Kipruto who trains at the 2Running Club in Nandi County said that race organizers across the world fear to invite Kenyans due to the doping cases that have tainted the image of athletes.

“Nowadays, race organizers are not inviting many Kenyans because if the race directors fear inviting Kenyans because they are not sure if they are clean and those doping or planning to dope should change their ways and focus on training,” said Kipruto who was the only Kenyan runner at the 2022 London marathon where he became the champion.

With many athletes casting and blaming Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and the Ant-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) for naming and shaming dopers, Kipruto defended the two bodies saying they are advocating for clean sport and all sportsmen and women should adhere to the rule of the sport.

“We have many allegations among athletes especially Kenya that AIU and ADAK are fighting Kenyans but they are fighting doping in this country because they need clean sport. It is high time for athletes to redefine and change their ways. If you are a person who likes short cuts you should change your ways because you will not escape forever. AIU and ADAK are here for us to propel good sport and if you are an upcoming athlete please plan yourself well because out there is not good. Don’t be conned by shortcuts to richness. Train well and believe that everything is possible. Nothing comes easily,” added Kipruto.

Having a successful 2022, he said he wants the achievement flow to 2023 and get a chance to represent the country at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

“I had a good year of 2022, achieved and I want to maintain the good run into the 2023. So far, I have started training after gym following victory in London marathon and I can my 2023 goals coming to pass because I trust my progress in the career, I trust myself, coach and training mates,” he said.

“having world champions, it is every athletes’ desire to represent the country and because I love this nation, it will be a great thing. If I get a chance I will run with all my heart because I love this country. I will run very well and hoping that that chance should not collide with the races that I will be given by my management because I have my timetable that I follow,” said Kipruto who will be competing in Italy on nee year eve as he aims to compete at the world marathon majors.

While addressing sick children at the Shoe4Africa Hospital, Kipruto said they had to come up with plans to put smiles on the sick children’s face.

“We sat down and decided to come and give what we have as a club because here the young children are suffering. It is high time we give a helping hand to the young people and we have shared, which is a great thing not just for us but to them too,” he said


Source: dailysport.co.ke