Athletics Kenya has released rules, guideline and criteria for the forthcoming trials for World Athletics Cross Country Championships that will be held on Saturday (10) at the Kenya Prisons Training College, Ruiru.
1. Athletes invited to participate in 6km U20 women, 8km U20 men and 10ñm senior men and women must have:
A) Competed in at least one AK Cross Country weekend Meet and emerged among top 12.
B) Or competed in international cross-country and emerged in top 10 finishers.
C) Or officially requested to participate and must have competed in an event which was held in November 2022 with credible results
2. Athletes invited to compete in the 2km Senior Men and Women must have:
A) Competed in the relays in either Machakos, Kapsokwony or Sotik, and emerged
B) Or competed in the 2km Senior Men and Women in Olkalau or lten and emerged top 8 finisher
3.Only athletes with Valid Electronic Passports will be allowed to compete.
For 6km U20 women, 8km U20 men and 10km senior men and women, the first 6 athletes to cross the finish line will be automatically selected. The Seventh and eighth athletes will be selected as reserves.
The 2km senior men and women events will be used to select the mixed relay team. The first 3 athletes to cross the finish line for both will be automatically selected. The 4th and 5th athletes will be selected as reserves.
All U20 athletes should have been born between the year 2004 to 2007.
All Selected Athletes are required to report to the call room at 7AM on l 110th December 2022.
Selected athletes, (Team Kenya) will be accommodated for one night (101h December) for visa application and documentation.
All athletes invited for trials must come with their electronic passports and a Covid -19 vaccination certificate.
All Athletes should meet their own travel and accommodation costs.
The last circuit of the Athletics Kenya Cross country meeting will be held on Saturday (13) at Iten Grounds, Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The race organisers have billed this to be the battle of the titans as they expect more than 1,000 athletes to feel the ground with top elite athletes gracing the event.
After this Cross Country Meeting the final leg will held in the capital Centre for the Athletics Kenya National Cross Country that will be held on Saturday (10th) at Kenya Prisons Training College in Ruiru.
Athletics Kenya will use the Ruiru Meet to select the team to represent Kenya at the World Cross country championships that will be held in February 18th 2023 in Bathurst, Australia next year.
The visa application timelines to travel to Australia forced Athletics Kenya to change dates as the deadline to apply for visa was set to be on 11th December 2022. Australia visa processing takes at least two months. This has necessitated Athletics Kenya to change the dates of the previous Cross-Country Calendar.
The North Rift Athletics Kenya Public Relations officer, Boniface Tiren said that all preparations have been finalized because they are expecting a big number of athletes seeking the national trials slot.
“As the last meet in the circuit, we may host over a 1,000 athletes and that needs better preparations and that we have done,” said Tiren.
With many athletes involved in other races across the world, Tiren said those who missed to compete in other races or meetings across the country, will have an opportunity to prove themselves.
“Some athletes have not had a chance to compete in other races and this will be their last chance to get that slot to compete at the national trials. So we expect a tough race with top athletes facing off,” he said.
Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medallist, Daniel Simiu Ebenyo beat Former World Half Marathon record holder, Kibiwott Kandie at the 4th leg of the Athletics Kenya Cross Country Weekend Series held on Saturday (26) in Ol Kalau, Nyandarua County.
The 27 year-old who is also the African silver medallist and was representing the National Police service took the top honors in a time of 29:29.1 with Kenya Defense Forces Kandie crossing the line in second six seconds later.
Cornelius Kemboi finished in third place in 29:36.4.
The reigning Urban Trail Lille – Kiprun Race 10km bronze medallist, Emmanuel Kiprop and Olympian Weldon Langat finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 30:06.4 and 30:14.4 respectively.
Athletics Kenya has made changes for the upcoming trials for the World Cross Country Championships that will be held in Bathurst, Australia due to the Visa timelines that have been set by the Australian Embassy.
This change has necessitated Athletics Kenya to change the dates of the previous Cross-Country Calendar affecting the 5th leg of AK Cross Country weekend meet that was earlier scheduled to take place on Saturday 10th December 2022, has been moved to Saturday 3rd December 2022 at the same venue.
The trials which will take place on Saturday 10th December 2022 at Kenya Prisons Training Collage in Ruiru, will be strictly on invitation basis.
The AK will pick athletes from all the five cross country weekend meetings and those that have taken part in international cross countries competitions.
The trials will include the events below:
2Km Senior Women
2Km Senior Men
6km U20 Women
8Km U20 Men
10Km Senior Women
10Km Senior Men
The selection criteria which has been laid down by AK will feature the 6km U20 women, 8km U20 men and 10km senior women and men, the first 6 athletes to cross the finish line, will be automatically selected. The 7th and 8th athletes will be selected as reserves.
The 2km senior women and men events will be used to select the mixed relay team. The first 3 athletes to cross the finish line for both women and men will be automatically selected. The 4th and 5th athletes will be selected as reserves.
All athletes invited for trials are advised to come with their passports (Travel Documents) and a covid 19 vaccination certificate.
The dates for the County, Regional and National Cross-Country Championships will remain unchanged
Athletics Kenya, athletes and athletic fans will be waiting patiently when World Athletics (WA) and Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) will be making an announcement whether Kenya will be struck off from competing in international events next season due to rampant doping cases reported by Kenyan runners.
With alarming doping cases reported in the country with top brass athletes, from track to field and road running, the country may face suspension or a ban for a period of time in order to put their house in order.
Our source, on anonymity request told Athletics.co.ke said: “ From the look of things its just a matter of when, because where we are now is at a danger zone. We may be suspended by AIU this year and this week might be the much awaited announcement. We pray that we be given time because of the efforts we and the Govrnment have put in to fight this menance,” he said.
He said that there are many top elite athletes that AIU is on their radar and soon they will be unmasked and this will be the end of their running careers.
“Many athletes and the country at large will be affected and it will be an expensive affair that will cost jobs and many lives will be affected directly and indirectly,” he said.
This year alone the country has had 17 athletes sanctioned by AIU for a range of doping violations with eight athletes currently on provisional suspensions, with the outcomes of their cases pending.
The newly appointed cabinet secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba, has been vocal on the intentions that government is going to take in the fight against the doping menace, “We are going to criminalise doping to levels you cannot imagine. We are going to be very, very harsh.
Ten Kenya athletes have tested positive since last year, for a banned substance called triamcinolone Acetonide, while two others from other nations tested positive for the same substance.
“It is a synthetic corticosteroid medication administered through injection into joints to treat various joint conditions. It is also used topically to treat various skin conditions, such as relieving the discomfort of mouth sores,” he said.
Senate majority leader Aron Cheruiyot is proposing a stringent measure to curb doping menace in the country to ensure that Kenyans run clean and regain the global reputation the country has been enjoying.
“Doping is one of the biggest issues that the new CS has to deal with, the fact that we reach a point where all our athletes will be screened more thoroughly than anybody else in the world. It is very terrible because it means that the glory that Kenya has enjoyed will be put in question and doubt because the world will see us as good at doping. That is really unfortunate,” said Cheruiyot.
The late Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat in 2015, suspended Rosa Associati management stable run by Dr. Gabrielle Rosa and Gerard Van de Veen of Volare Sports.
Athletes who have been banned at Rosa stable include, three-time Boston marathon winner Rita Jeptoo, two-time world champion Asbel Kiprop and the 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong while at Volare Sports include Wilson Kipsang.
He said that the CS should also take on the agents in the country who are misleading young athletes by trying to show them the easier way into the global stage yet it is known that there are no easier routes to success and one has to sweat it out.
“As a country, we must re-register afresh these agents. Those that have been found to have athletes that have doped must be banned from this country because those are the people responsible for the mess that we find ourselves in,” he said.
Athletics Kenya has been nominatedamong six countries that will fight for this year’s World Athletics Awards.
The six memeber federations finalists for the Award Include:
The Member Federation Award honours a national governing body that has gone above and beyond to serve its athletes, fans and greater community. The shortlisted federations were nominated by each of the six area associations.
AK was nominated in Africa after becoming the first member federation to sign the Sport for Climate Action Framework, underlining the governing body’s position at the forefront of climate action in Kenya.
Since August 2021, when it signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Athletics Kenya has installed four air quality sensors in the Kasarani Stadium, Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi National Park and Nakuru Athletics Club, with more to come.
As well as staging the only Continental Tour Gold meeting in Africa, Kenya also hosted a media development programme for the African region in 2022.
At the elite end of the sport, Kenya topped the medals table at the African Championships, winning 10 gold medals, five silver and eight bronze. Eliud Kipchoge also lowered his own marathon world record, while Faith Kipyegon and Emmanuel Korir added world titles to the Olympic gold medals they won last year.
Brazil (Confederacao Brasileira de Atletismo, South America)
Brazil hosted six international events successfully in 2022, including the South American U18 and U23 Championships, the South American Cross Country Championships, the Pan-American Cross Country Championships, a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting, and an international grand prix.
The federation secured two revolutionary sponsorship deals, benefitting the country’s elite athletes as well as providing a boost to the sport at grass roots level.
Guam (Guam Track and Field Association, Oceania)
Significant governance reforms at Guam Track and Field have led to an athletics resurgence within Guam, as underlined by the country’s performance at the U18 and U20 Oceania Championships, as well as at the Pacific Games.
Guam will host the Oceania Cross Country Championships at the end of 2022, the country’s first area championships for more than 10 years and a direct result of the hard work the federation has done in governance over the past year.
The federation has also signed multiple sponsor and partnership agreements for the national kit and local competitions.
In the face of difficult health and economic circumstances, Jamaica stepped forward to host the 49th Carifta Games. The record-breaking performances at the event were reflective of the preparations and commitment of the local organising committee, which was put in place by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).
The country’s athletes – particularly the women – produced outstanding performances at the elite end, namely at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, the World Athletics U20 Championships Cali 22, the Commonwealth Games, and on the Wanda Diamond League circuit.
Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards, meanwhile, was elected Chair of the NACAC Athletes’ Commission.
Korea (Korea Association of Athletics Federations, Asia)
Years of investment finally paid off for the Korea Association of Athletics Federations in 2022 as high jumper Woo Sanghyeok won world indoor gold – the country’s first global indoor title. He went on to take silver at the World Championships in Oregon and performed consistently on the international circuit.
The country is preparing to host the Asian U20 Championships in June next year and is bidding for the 2025 Asian Championships.
They also continue their fine work in the grass roots of the sport, including building and launching their own national development centre which aims to host training camps for national and international athletes.
Spain (Real Federacion Espanola de Atletismo, Europe)
The inaugural European Off-Road Running Championships, a continental championship that combined trail and mountain running, took place in El Paso on the Spanish island of La Palma in July. Despite the odds – including a volcano eruption in the lead-up to the event – the championships was a tremendous success.
Spain also hosted the inaugural Dynamic New Athletics (DNA) European U20 Clubs competition, where more than 200 athletes representing teams from 11 countries took part in what was billed the ‘Clash of the clubs’.
Showcasing all they learned in the hosting of these events, Spain staged an international conference in October entitled ‘Team Athletics: The Sport’s New Offer’.
Athletics Kenya and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) have partnered to train and teach athletes on the importance of clean sport ahead of the 2023 World Athletics championships that will be held in Budapest, Hungary.
The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) together with Athletics Kenya on Tuesday, trained over 100 probable athletes for the championship set for August 19the to August 27th 2023.
ADAK’s head of education and research, Martin Yauma, said that they are urging and advising athletes to keep off prohibited substances.
He said that their my aim is to ensure they give the good image of the country which is currently at stake and that the main cause of athletes doping is the shortcut to get rich quickly which is contributed by support staff.
“Money is the main cause that has contributed to athletes to dope, they are cheated with support personnel to go for shortcuts to wealth.” Said Yauma.
Athletics Kenya director for Youth and Development, Barnabas Korir said that the rule says athletes should be tested three times ten months before competition.
” We want to make Information available to athletes who will be able to participate in the world competition and identify athletes and those who already have qualification,” said Korir.
Athletics Kenya (AK) has been accused of sponsoring two times Boston marathon champion Moses Tanui to sabotage the federation’s elections.
Senate Majority leader Aaron Cheruiyot said AK might be funding Tanui who filed a case to stop the AK elections in May 2017 in making the court battle last longer for their continued stay in office.
“The current AK executive has overstayed in office since 2013 when they were last elected. The case filed by Tanui stopping the elections from being held in 2017 up to date is questionable and creates suspicions on Tanui’s motive and character in this scheme of extending the life office of the federation’s officials through the backdoor,” an irritated Cheuiyot stated.
Cheruiyot who serves as the Kericho Senator called on the newly appointed Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba to take up the matter with the Judiciary in resolving the matter of the unending case that has legitimized the illegitimate continued stay in power by the AK officials.
“I would like the new Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba to have a conversation with the athletics stakeholders on the matter for a way forward,” said Cheruiyot.
On April, 28th, 2017, the High Court in Nairobi stopped the scheduled Athletics Kenya elections pending the hearing and determination of a petition he had earlier filed against the federation.
The petition filed in October 2016, challenges the constitution review process that Athletics Kenya had set on motion which led to what they term as ‘undemocratic and unconstitutional’ amendment of the constitution.
The case presented before Justice Chacha Mwita by Moses Tanui and nine other retired athletes argue that the elections were being held under a contentious constitution passed and that’s why they wanted the polls stopped pending the case filed Tanui who is the 1991 Word gold medalist in Athens, Greece.
Kenya’s first ever Olympic Games silver medallist in 800m race, Wilson Kiprugut Chumo has passed on after collapsing at his home in Kericho County on Tuesday.
The 84 year-old died on Tuesday after he was rushed to Siloam Hospital in Kericho town where he passed on shortly after being admitted.
Chumo’s death was confirmed by Athletics Kenya president Jack Tuwei who relayed the information on Wednesday through a press release said, “We are deeply saddened by the death of one of Kenya’s pioneering athletes, Wilson Chumo Kiprugut. The renowned Kenyan sprints and middle-distance legend passed away in Kericho County on Tuesday evening after a long illness.”