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AK urges IAAF to diversify awards gala

Charles Thuku @PeopleSports11

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has been urged to diversify in adjudging the world best athletes in its annual awards gala. Athletics Kenya (AK) president, Jack Tuwei says it has become the norm for the world governing body to concentrate on track and field events oblivious of the fact that records have been broken by some athletes in road races, shot-put and even cross-country.

“In as much as the IAAF is undertaking a noble course to reward athletes, they should look beyond track and field since there are other events in which exemplary performances worth being honoured have been recorded,” said Tuwei.

He made the remarks during an event in which AK received Sh8 million from Lotto Foundation towards sponsorship of the cross-country circuits in preparations for high-profile events next year.

Tuwei described the gesture by the foundation as timely and especially now when the federation is preparing to assemble strong squads to carry Kenya’s banner in the events, besides proving to Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) that it has complied with the rules relating to doping which has put the country under watch.

Among the key events lined up for Kenya in 2018 is the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics set to take place from March 1-4 in Birmingham, United kingdom, World Half Marathon in Valencia, Spain on March 24 and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia from April 4-15.

Meanwhile, AK has cautioned athletes against being represented by unregistered managers, saying punitive measures will be taken against those who will flout the directive.

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