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Mwea race launched, AK warns dubious organisers

Athletics Kenya (AK) has declared war on organisers of road races who do not follow the rules set by the governing body.

AK vice chairman Paul Mutwii expressed concerns with the blatant breach of rules by the organisers among them entering under age athletes in such races besides giving winners a pittance in form of cash prizes.

“There will be no compromise on the rules laid down for road races and organisers must meet them for competitions to be sanctioned by AK,’’ said Mutwii yesterday during the launch of the Mwea Classic Marathon set for July 22 even as AK raised concern over the meager Sh45,000 the winner will get which is far below the recommended package.

Mutwii said the lowest cash award to the triumphant athlete in road races should be pegged at not less than Sh250,0000 and directed the Mwea Classic organisers to hike the fee to an acceptable level.

However, Mwea Marathon chairman Charles Gichobi said the amount was necessitated by the fact that they have been facilitating community projects with the sponsorship kitty with the rest going towards cash prizes.

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