Emmanuel Masinde @PoepleSports11
Athletics Kenya (AK) elections will take place after the outcome of a pending court case. However, it is all systems go until the verdict is given in December. Speaking during an anti-doping awareness in Kapsabet Town, Nandi County, AK First Vice President Paul Mutwii said that elections will take place after the court case.
“We are going to wait for that day and hear what the court will say. If the court rules that we have no case then we will plan to have elections early next year,” said Mutwii. He said that they are not panicking on managing athletics in the country because the court gave them a go-ahead to continue with their mandate.
“In fact the court said the group that is managing athletics currently in Kenya should continue. We are not minding about that case, as per now next year we have put all the mechanism to prepare the teams going for Commonwealth in Australia. All Africa Games in Nigeria, Africa Cross country in Algeria and World U20 in Finland.
We are now preparing for the events,” he said. However, Mutwii urged athletes interested in participating in next year’s Commonwealth Games are required to register with National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) before the process closes on Monday.
“In fact, I want to mention that all the athletes who fill like they would want to be selected for Commonwealth Games, they will be required to register with NOCK and registration is closing from Monday and registration forms are with their handlers or managers,” said Mutwii.
Mutwii reiterated that Kenya is still in the watch list and it risks sanctions should the problem persist. “We are trying to fight the menace and as you know we are still on the watch list of WADA. Athletes should say no to doping because we are killing the future talent,” he said.
Meanwhile, world 800m record holder David Rudisha has decried the tarnishing of Kenyan name through athletes who fall to the doping traps. “I am very worried that some athletes are being cheated to abuse performance-enhancing drugs.
We are killing the talent that our fathers and mothers started many years ago because they ran through natural training,” Rudisha said. Rudisha who is the CAA president said the only people to stop doping in the country are the athletes who are solely responsible for what enters their body. “If today an athlete says No to Doping then we will win the war against doping.
It is us athletes who will put an end to it and I want to urge you to compete clean,” he said. officals present were AK CEO Susan Kamau, Nandi Deputy Governor Yulita Mitei and sports CEC Elly Kurgat.
Top athletes present including former world 800m champions Alfred Kirwa,Janeth Jepkosgei,Eunice Sum, steeplechase runner Jairus Birech and double world marathon champion Abel Kirui among many other athletes.
Athletics Kenya athlete representative Milcah Chemos said the consequences of abusing drugs in sport will be felt later urging athletes to desist from it. Nandi county CEC sports Elly Kurgat and Olympic 800m champion David rudisha flaging or performance enhancing drugs in sports and it is these kind of athletes that get global respect, becoming sporting icons in the process. [email protected]