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World Cross Country Tour Preparations on top gear

World Cross Country Tour preparations have gone a notch higher after the Local Organizing Committee came out with the outline of the event set to be one of the most successful in all the series that has happened across the world.

The race will be held at the Lobo Hotel grounds in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County on February 12th 2022.

The Athletics Kenya Nairobi Region chairman, Barnabas Korir chaired the meeting in Eldoret where he he held a consultative meeting with LOC team led by Central Rift chairman Abraham Mutai, coach David Letting, Joseph Chemuren, and technical team that will engage the community starting from the county governments of Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Baringo and Uasin Gishu that covers Central and North Rift regions to organize meeting.

“This will be the final meeting on the World Athletics Cross country Tour series that we were awarded hosting rights, just like the Continental Tour track and field and we want to make sure we succeed. So today, we had to go through the list of activities that have to be done. The preparations of the venue are very important, organizing the broadcaster and finding out who will come on board to broadcast live locally and internationally. We are also doing the final budget so that we present it to the government,” said Korir.

He said that now with the venue already identified, the course already measured they have a plan that they are going to implement as soon as possible within this Christmas period, with a test event set for 27th January during the national cross country championship.

Kip Keino Classic receives Kshs 20 million sponsorship from ABSA Bank

The second edition of the Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour will have 185 athletes who have confirmed to participate on Saturday (18) at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

The Kip Keino Continental Tour has received a financial boost after ABSA Bank sponsored the event to a tune of Kshs 20 million.

Kenya will be hosting the Kipkeino Classic tour for the second time in a row after hosting the first edition last year at the Nyayo National Stadium.

“It is very exciting to see Kenyan athletes do well and it is in this regard that we have partnered with Athletics Kenya for the Continental Tour. As a brand, we draw inspiration from our athletes and I believe the partnership will not only boost the event but also promote tourism through the event,” said Jeremy Awori , the bank’s Chief Executive Officer.

Athletics Kenya president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said that they opted for Kasarani owing to the increased number of entries and the success the facility has had in hosting global events.

“It will be a bigger and more exciting event than last year. 80 athletes have registered for the national events while the discretionary and core events has attracted 185 athletes,”

The meet director, Barnabas Korir who is also the Youth and Development chairman, further stated that, “fans who intend to watch the proceedings from the stands will have to wait for the outcome as negotiations between his office and relevant authorities are ongoing.”

Kipyegon Bett tests positive for EPO

world 800m bronze medallist, Kipyegon Bett has tested positive for banned blood booster Erythropoeitin (EPO), Athletics Kenya officials said on Friday.

Athletics Kenya Executive member Barnabas Korir, said they had received notification from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Thursday that the 20-year-old had submitted a positive sample.

The AIU handles integrity and doping issues for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Should Bett’s B sample match his A sample, he will face a ban from the sport. He is already serving a provisional suspension for failing to submit to sample collection on August 15th.

“We had submitted defence for the case of ‘refusing or failing to submit to sample collection’ by today’s deadline. But last night, we received another notification about the new (EPO) case,” Korir explained.

“We have kicked off due process, accorded to every athlete as per the rules set by AIU. If the second test confirms the first one, then the athlete will have to face full consequences of the (anti-doping) law,” he said.

If his positive test is confirmed, Bett will join a growing list of Kenyan athletes to have flouted anti-doping rules. Milan Marathon winner Lucy Kabuu tested positive for morphine earlier this month. Samuel Kalalei, winner of Athens Marathon last November, also tested positive for EPO on June 4th.

Kenyan-born Bahraini runner Ruth Jebet, the 2016 Rio Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion, and former Olympic and three-times world 1,500m champion, Asbel Kiprop, were suspended after their samples tested positive for EPO in February.

Other previous high profile Kenyan athletes who failed dope tests are 2016 Olympics marathon winner Jemima Sumgong and former Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo.



Who was Nicholas Bett?

Kenya’s world champion hurdler Nicholas Bett tragically died on Wednesday.

Bett passed away just a day after returning home from the Continental Championships in Nigeria.

The news of his death has left the athletics world reeling.

Track and field’s world governing body, the IAAF, said it was “deeply saddened and shocked” by the news of the father of two’s death.

Barnabas Korir, an official with Athletics Kenya (AK), said: “It is very sad because I talked to him yesterday. He had gone to Nairobi Hospital to see a doctor because of the injury he picked up in Asaba.

“This morning we got the reports (of his death) and, as AK, we are saddened beyond words.”

Nicholas Bett car after it veered off the road and rolled into the ditch. Photo: Courtesy

Kenyan Sports Minister Rashid Echesa added: “On behalf of the sporting fraternity and moscakenya I convey my sincerest condolences to his family. Rest in peace.”

How did Nicholas Bett die?

The Kenyan athlete was killed in a car crash.

The incident occurred after the car he was driving veered off the road and landed in a ditch.

Police commander Patrick Wambani confirmed that Bett hit a bump before losing control of his car.

Where did the incident occur?

Bett was killed while travelling in Lessos, Nandi, in his home country of Kenya.

He is understood to have died at the scene.

How old was Nicholas Bett and why was he a history-maker?

Bett was just 28 years old.

The 400 metre hurdler made history at the 2015 world championships in Beijing by winning the gold medal

In doing so, he became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in a short distance race on the world stage. He ran a personal best of 47.79 seconds to claim victory in the Bird’s Nest.

He did not qualify for the final at the Olympic Games in Rio the following year, after being disqualified in his heat for hitting a hurdle. He had been expected to place among the medalists.

Unfortunately, he was unable to defend his world title in London in 2017 due to injury, one of a number he suffered in recent years; in last week’s African Athletics Championships he was forced to pull out of his race due to another.

Nevertheless, he was a two-time African Championship medallist.

Kenya wants no discrimination in new IAAF anti-doping rules

Doping is a global menace and there should be no discrimination in the tough new anti-doping rules announced by the sport’s governing IAAF at its council meeting in Buenos Aires last week, a senior Kenyan athletics official said on Monday.

Under the rules approved by the International Association of Athletics Federations, Kenyan athletes will be among those required to have at least three out-of-competition doping tests in the 10 months before a world championships or Olympics.

“The rigorous dope testing Kenyan athletes will be subjected to be a necessary evil to safeguard the interest of the majority of those who overwhelmingly run clean,” Barnabas Korir, a member of Athletics Kenya’s (AK) Executive Committee, told Reuters.

“It’s however our belief this is done with the assurance that doping is a global menace and has to be fought as such without discrimination. AK will cooperate fully to fulfill its objectives and help reduce and eventually eliminate this vice.”

Up to 50 Kenyan athletes have failed dope tests in the past six years, among them 2016 Rio Olympics marathon champion Jemima Sumgong and former Olympic and three-time world 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Kiprop’s case is with the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), an independent body that manages all doping-related matters, which is due to hold a hearing in London next month.

Under the new anti-doping rules announced on Friday, the IAAF has divided its member federations into three categories which will have different obligations based on their success in athletics and the perceived risk of doping.

Kenya is in Category A along with eastern African rivals Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine, who were described by the IAAF as “member federations majorly at risk of doping.”

Previously, obligations under the anti-doping code were focused mainly on individuals rather than member federations.

The AIU recommended the new regulations to the IAAF as a crucial step in protecting the integrity of the sport.

The power to categorise members into one of the three groups will rest with the AIU board and the new rules will come into effect from 2019, a year before the Tokyo Olympics.

The AIU replaced the IAAF’s anti-doping department in April last year and handles aspects including testing, intelligence and investigations related to misconduct within the sport.

The battlefield of the forces on their second day

The 2018 National Athletics Championship is taking place at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani from 21st to 23rd of June 2018 for the Africa Senior Athletics Championship.

 The championship consist of The Kenya defence force(KDF), National police service, Kenya prison and public universities which are competing against each other for various medals which are the gold, silver, bronze.
The championship is an annual challenge sponsored by the Athletics Kenya to test new talent after performance from their respective institution. Also they want to bring more potential athletes on board so as to encourage them to be positive and active.
Being the second day of the competition the spirit is high and motivating even though there are some of the renowned stars were not present and they were set to compete.
The likes of Elijah Manangoi did not participate in today’s athletics but the head and junior Barnabas Korir set to give him assured wild card because he is a performing athlete and they wouldn’t have him out because he had a family issue which he had to attend to.
Korir says that the wild card is given to exceptional athletics and it is the interest of the athletics verses interest of the nation.
Today’s athletics was a very good day for the Kenya Defence Force having the lead in the medals which they 30 in total and the Nairobi Police Services becoming the second in a total of 13 medals.

Athletics Kenya ordered to clear Celliphine Chespol to enable her to travel

Sports Disputes Tribunal has ordered Athletics Kenya (AK) to issue a clearance letter to Celliphine Chespol to enable her travel Rome, Italy for a leg of the fourth leg of the Diamond League meeting .

Chespol risks missing the Diamond League series for the second time this season in the absence of this letter which will facilitate her to get her Visa to Italy. The teenager is scheduled to travel to Italy on May 28.

“AK should immediately issue the relevant clearance letter allowing the applicant (Chespol) to process a visa and travel to Italy to participate in the 2018 IAAF Diamond League Golden Gala,” the SDT’s orders read in part.

Chespol, who boosts the second all-time fastest run (8:58.78) in the discipline, found herself at crossroads after signing contracts with two athlete representatives/ managers running concurrently, making it hard for AK to issue a clearance letter.

She entered into a contract with Owen Andersen as her manager in March 2018, but she had not formerly terminated her contract with Mark Corstjens penned in 2016.

Chespol’s counsel, Sarah Ochwadah had told the Tribunal that AK Nairobi branch chairman, Barnabas Korir, had allegedly offered undue influence to World U20 3,000m steeplechase record holder, Chespol to sign with Corstjens as her manager in 2016.

Ochwadah intimated that her client was put in contract with Corstjens under undue influence and duress by Korir as a school-going 16-year old.

With the mention of Korir before the sitting panel of SDT’s vice chairperson Eleanah Shiveka (chair), lawyer Robert Asembo and Ms. Maria Kimani, the Tribunal implored  the AK official and any other interested person to formerly seek enjoinment.

“Any interested party desirous of being enjoined in the proceedings to should file suitable application,” read the order.