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Referendum bid places question marks against Budapest's Olympic Games tilt

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Budapest 2024's 'ship has sailed' – bid chief

Budapest 2024 chairman Balázs Fürjes has conceded that the Hungarian capital's bid for the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games has likely "ran aground" as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach labelled the uncertainty surrounding the bid as the work of a political group that is seeking to "make a name" for itself.

Giudicelli steps up to become new French Tennis Federation president

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Aiba forges partnership with WBA

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Kohli lands record deal with Puma

Indian cricket star Virat Kohli has signed a lucrative endorsement deal with German sportswear company Puma.

Former Amazon executive Paull to lead Bamtech

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Six Nations chief rejects expansion talk

Six Nations chief executive John Feehan has said there is "no vacancy" in the national team rugby union tournament amid a concerted campaign for Georgia to be granted an expansion slot.

Budapest to quit 2024 Olympics race

Hungary's government announced on Wednesday evening that it would scrap Budapest's bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games – a move that leaves only Los Angeles and Paris still in the running.

ISSF approves gender equal Olympic program, assigns event hosts

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has signed off on a major overhaul of its competition system for the 2020 summer Olympic Games and has assigned hosting rights for a number of its events in 2018 and 2019.

Bayern confirms channel launch

German Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich has confirmed that it will launch its own linear television channel, FC Bayern.tv, on February 27.

Budapest 2024 winds up Olympic bid, Orbán hits out at Momentum

Budapest 2024 on Friday confirmed that formal procedures have commenced to end its bid for the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games as Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, slammed the role played by the Momentum Mozgalum political movement.

 

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The Shujaa squad to the North American legs of the 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas, USA and Vancouver, Canada was named by Head Coach Innocent Simiyu in Nairobi on Thursday morning.

Oscar Ayodi makes his first series appearance this season while Frank Wanyama returns for the first time since the Dubai and Cape Town legs. They replace Brian Tanga and Oscar Ouma.

The team:

Andrew Amonde (KCB, Captain), Willy Ambaka (SportPesa Quins), Dan Sikuta (Kabras Sugar), Frank Wanyama (SportPesa Quins), Bush Mwale (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Sammy Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens), Eden Agero (SportPesa Quins), Leonard Mugaisi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Augustine Lugonzo (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru), Oscar Ayodi,(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba), Collins Injera (Mwamba)

“Oscar and Frank have responded well to training and make the final cut.  We are in an exciting pool in Vegas and look forward to qualifying and challenging for the cup,” said Shujaa Head Coach Innocent Simiyu.

Shujaa Timings In Las Vegas (East African Time)

Saturday 4 March 2017

 Kenya v New Zealand 4.15am EAT

Kenya v Argentina 6.52am EAT

 

Sunday 5 March 2017 Kenya v Russia 1.12am EAT

Quarterfinals From 5.48am EAT to 8.22am EAT (Sunday 5 March  2017)

Semifinals and finals Session 2 From 10.24pm Sunday 5 March 2017 10.24pm EAT to  4.00am Monday 6 March 2017

-- KRU Media

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He is one of the league’s most talked about players. His flair and style is second to none. Some call him the dancing rasta, while majority of his club’s followers prefer ‘Kate.’ Kenyanstar caught up with Allan Kateregga ahead of the new season, and the midfielder reveals his plans to blossom this season, and why he is misunderstood.

Kenyanstar: Tell us about your football journey.

Kateregga: I started off in my native country, Uganda. I was a captain for Sports Club Victoria University, where I did quite well. I then made the move from there and came to Kenya to join Tusker.

Kenyanstar: You did not stay long at Tusker. Many fans can hardly recall that you even won a title there!

Kateregga: Yes, I did not stay long at Tusker. It was a brief stint and I wasn't a regular there too. It was however, a good springboard for me to better things in Kenya.

Kenyanstar: What happened after Tusker?

Kateregga: I made a move to Bidco and later Ushuru, then referred to as KRA. I made headlines there and many started recognizing my talent. At Ushuru, I received lots of offers from different clubs, and that was testimony that I was doing better.

Kenyanstar: How did AFC Leopards happen?

Kateregga: As I said, I received lots of offers and opted to part ways with Ushuru on mutual consent. The coach and the club gave me their blessings to take up better opportunities elsewhere. AFC Leopards approached me, and I felt it was a dream move for me. It is a challenging and learning atmosphere.

Kenyanstar: How has the stay at Leopards been?

Kateregga: It’s a great club. I am in my second season and loving it. At some point last season it felt real that we were going down in the books of history for relegating the mighty Leopard... I never wanted  be apart of that bad side of history, and it was a really tough time for me and the team. We hope we never find ourselves in such a fix again.

Kenyanstar: Do you consider yourself a big player at the club, and how much more do you feel you add to the team?

Kateregga: I am a team player, and I follow what the coach tells me and wants me to do. I don't consider myself a ‘big’ player in the team, but one of the components of what makes a succesful club.

Kenyanstar: Many have questioned your discipline on the pitch. You have been involved in a number of altercations before. Is it a part of you?

Kateregga: Sometimes i get misunderstood but if things are not going well, it's normal for man to feel the temper. It gets worse when you are playing at this stage, and you are under pressure as it were last season. But I am working on my discipline.

Kenyanstar: The new season is here. Your aspirations?

Kateregga: Looks like a season where we have to double our effort considering the fact that we shall have more teams in the league. I am in good shape, as are the rest of my teammates, and we are hoping for the best.

Kenyanstar: Thank you Kateregga.

 

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Kenya National Cricket team Coach, Thomas Odoyo, remains optimistic that Kenya will get a good result when they play two matches against Nepal on March 11 and 13 in the World Cricket League Championship (WCLC).  

While his sentiments echoed previous ones by his star player  Irfan Karim, Odoyo insisted that he and his team are not leaving anything to chance. 

"We have a good record against Nepal, We believe we have a chance to win the upcoming matches but we are not leaving anything to chance. We have stepped up our preparations to make sure we are absolutely ready for this tie."  Said Odoyo. 

Odoyo was speaking to Kenyanstar when he also revealed that the team to take on Nepal will be named on Friday the 24th of February before leaving for India for a 10 day training camp where they are expected to several test matches.

Nepal has in the meantime named a preliminary 24 man squad for the two matches against Kenya and will travel to New Delhi in India for three practice matches.  

 

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The news came to her at the start of February that she was to deliver a motivational talk to the young students of Nyakach High School deep in Nyanza's Nyabondo plateau. It was something the Kenya Pipeline Volleyball Team captain only dreamt of as a child.

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Bandari assistant coach Ken Odhiambo has bemoaned the wrangle between Football Kenya Federation and Kenya Premier League Company  that has led to the suspension of the league kick off.

Odhiambo revealed the delay in the league kick off has adversely affected the teams training program

''As coaches we normally have  a pre season training program that is time bound but once the league season kick off is delayed we are forced to introduce new things in the training which were no there and this might be counter productive. The league remains suspended and we don't know for how long we shall continue playing these pre season build up friendly matches''

Odhiambo was speaking  after the clubs 1-0 win over Modern Coast Rangers in the  pre season friendly match played at KPA Mbaraki Sports Club

He stated the team was forced to play friendly matches that were not in their program resulting to injuries. He gave an example of a friendly match played against Mwatate United played at Wundanyi Stadium last week in which some players picked up injuries due to poor state of the pitch

He further added players are always motivated to play league matches  as opposed to friendly matches

The league kick off is yet to be determined following a stand off between FKF and KPL company over the composition of the league. While the FKF relegated Sofa Paka and Muhoroni United for failing to meet the  club licensing requirement, KPL went ahead to release  16 teams fixture that included  the relegated duo. This forced the federation to suspend the league but the two relegated clubs through their fans went and obtained a court injunction under certificate of emergency barring the KPL organizers from releasing the  fixture until the case is heard and determined.

Other KPL clubs that have expressed concern over the suspension of the league  kick off date include AFC Leopards whose chairman Dan Mule  revealed the delays have been costly to the club

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Photo Credits: Arigi Obiero

Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Richard Omwela has told Kenyanstar that the resignation of Kenya Sevens Strength and conditioning coach Ian Gibbons yesterday was not a Surprise. In an exclusive interview for the Kenyanstar of the week Column, Omwela confided that his board was most likely going to fire Gibbons had he not resigned ultimately terming the resignation as ‘inconsequential.’

"It [the resignation] does not come as a surprise at all. We have had several unresolved issues with him and we were nowhere close to getting a common ground" Said Omwela. "In fact if he had not resigned we would have sacked  him." he added. 

“Look, he was quoted just before Wellington saying how unfit our team is, but it is his job to ensure the team is up to the required fitness levels before any competition." Lamented Omwela.  "We have asked him to try and spend more time with the team but to no avail. He stays in London and would for instance insist on flying in on Thursday when the team is flying out for a competition on Sunday, So what time will he spend with the team." Added a visibly irritated Omwela. 

Omwela noted that current head coach Innocent Simiyu would have to double up his efforts and also take up more duties as the union worked to find Gibbons replacement.

“The burden definitely falls on the head coach Simiyu to also take up the fitness responsibility as we scout for a replacement. We call upon qualified Kenyans to apply for this job because we believe that they can deliver,” Omwela said. 

KRU through the statement below yesterday confirmed Gibbon’s departure;

Kenya Rugby Union Statement On Ian Gibbons

The Kenya Rugby Union wishes to confirm that Ian Gibbons has stepped down from his role as Kenya Sevens Strength & Conditioning Coach. We wish to thank him for his service during his time with the Kenya Sevens set up and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. 

The Kenya Rugby Union is in the interim making arrangements to fill the S&C role and will make an announcement in due course.

The KRU Chairman, Richard Omwela, will be a feature sports person on next week's Kenyanstar of the Week column. Keep it Kenyanstar till then to read about Rugby, his aspirations and  input to the game thus far and the absolute need for corporate governance in administration of sports in Kenya

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Beijing Olympic Games 800m gold medalist, Wilfred Bungei of Kenya has quit athletics to pursue a career in politics in order to inspire youth to believe in themselves.

Bungei, 37, former world No. 1 in 2002, claimed the major title he coveted for long when he won the Olympic title in a time of 1:44.65 with a dominant front-running performance.

"As a motivational speaker who has been inspiring the youth, I want to go one step higher to offer political leadership and open for them opportunities that can impact on their living," he told reporters at the weekend during Kenya's National Cross Country Championships held in Nairobi.

Bungei has declared interest in vying for the Emgwen Parliamentary seat located in western Kenya that was at one time under the representation of another former athlete, Elijah Lagat who won the Boston Marathon in 2000.

Kenyans will go to the polls on Aug. 8 to elect almost 1,900 public officials including the president, senators, county governors, members of the national assembly, members of county assemblies, and women county representatives.

"I want to champion for change in sports management in the country and bring transparency in order to restore lost glory especially in athletics after we found ourselves on the wrong side of doping," he said.

Bungei said if elected to the national assembly, he will sponsor a Bill in Parliament that will cater for sportsmen and women in their retirement, especially after many of them fall into financial difficulties upon leaving athletics.

He said he will champion for the education of young athletes, most of who start earning a lot of money at a tender age and thereafter fall into financial ruin due to lack of acumen in handling their finances.

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Egypt’s U-20 national team defeated Kenya in a warm-up game for the U-20 African Cup of Nations, which will be held in Zambia from February 26 to March 12.

The Pharaoh’s U-20 team dominated the first-half of the game, with Kenya having only one dangerous chance and the Egyptians turned their dominance into goals when Petrojet’s Ahmed Mostafa won a penalty, which was scored by Karim Nedved, in the 20th minute.

In the 33rd-minute Al Ahly’s Ahmed Hamdy doubled Egypt’s lead, before Zamalek loanee Mostafa Mohamed scored Egypt’s third goal of the game, ending the first-half 3-0.

The young Pharaohs had a solid lead at the half-time break, but the Kenyans made a comeback in the second-half as Ovellah Ochieng scored in the 50th minute to pull one back for the visitors.

Eight minutes later, Ahmed Mostafa received a second yellow, forcing the Egyptians to continue the game with 10 players.

Kenya dominated the second-half, as Ovellah managed to score Kenya’s second and final goal of the game in the 84th minute, ending the game 3-2 to Egypt.

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Belgian Club Lierse SK has confirmed on its official website that it has accepted an offer from Beijing Renhe F.C. for the services of Ayub Masika. The Kenya international joined Lierse from K.R.C. Genk in the 2016 summer transfer window, and his impressive displays have caught the attention of Beijing Renhe FC. The 24-year-old winger scored six goals in 20 appearances with the club this season.

Beijing Renhe FC was relegated to the second division in China in 2015 and secured a fourth place finish in the 2015-2016 season. The new season will begin in the first week of March.

The Belgian club also stated that the transfer will give the club financial stability and will give the player a new journey and opportunity. However, the club’s main goal is to focus on the league and secure a promotion play-off spot.

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Action in the Nationwide regional leagues continued this past weekend.

Nairobi Region

SportPesa Quins III registered the highest score in this region with a 56-0 win over Stormers in the 12pm kickoff at the RFUEA  while the Northern Suburbs Cubs  were too strong for Masaku, running off with a 44-3 result. 

The Community Rugby Association (COMRAS) edged out Impala III 23-19.

Rift Valley Region

Only one fixture took off in this region, Egerton Wasps posting a 27-3 win away to hosts KPA Eldoret.

Eldoret RFC, Eldoret Falcons and Kitale RFC benefitted from walkovers after their opponents (Kericho,Molo and Nakuru KITI) failed to honor their fixtures.

Central Region

Fourth placed Kiambu RFC were too strong for Murang’a, crushing the region's basement side 49-12 while third placed Chuka edged out  fifth placed Dedan Kimathi 5-3.

Embu RFC and MKU Thika benefited from walkovers after their opponents Zetech and Nanyuki were no shows on Saturday.

Western Region

Shieywe were 17-12 winners over Webuye in the region’s only fixture.

Collated Results, Saturday 18 February 2017

Nairobi Region

SportPesa Quins III 56 Stormers 0

Northern Suburbs Cubs 44 Masaku 3

Comras 23 Impala III 19

Rift Valley Region

KPA Eldoret 3 Egerton Wasps 27

Eldoret RFC 24 Kericho 0

Eldoret Falcons 24 Molo 0

Kitale 24 Nakuru KITI 0

Central Region

Chuka 5 Dedan Kimathi 3

Kiambu 39 Murang’a 12

Embu 24 Zetech 0

MKU Thika 24 Nanyuki 0

Western Region

Shieywe 17 Webuye 12

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Menengai Cream Homeboyz won the second leg of the KRU Women’s 10-A-Side series with a 27-0 win over Mwamba at the United States International University grounds on Sunday 19 February 2017.

They led 17- 0 at the interval by way of tries from Irene Otieno, Linet Moraa and former Kenya Lionesses playmaker Mary Musieka who also added a conversion. Sophia Ayieta took the score to 22-0 before Otieno landed her brace to seal the result.

The winners booked their place in the final with a 20-5 win over Top Fry Nakuru while Mwamba edged out first leg winners Northern Suburbs 22-15 in extra time to set up the clash with Homeboyz.

Collated Results

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 46 University Warriors 0

Mwamba 27 Shamas 0

Northern Suburbs 31 Comras 0

Top Fry Nakuru 10 Standard Chartered Impala 5

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 31 Shamas 0

Mwamba 41 University Warriors 0

Northern Suburbs 12 Standard Chartered Impala 5

Comras 0 Top Fry Nakuru 14

Shamas 27 University Warriors 0

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 19 Mwamba 5

Standard Chartered Impala 45 Comras 0

Northern Suburbs 17 Top Fry Nakuru 10

RANKING SEMIS

Standard Chartered Impala 17 University Warriors 0

Shamas 25 Comras 0

CUP SEMIS

Northern Suburbs 15 Mwamba 22

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 20 Top Fry Nakuru 5

SEVENTH PLACE FINAL

Comras 5 University Warriors 0

FIFTH PLACE FINAL

Standard Chartered Impala 12 Shamas 0

THIRD PLACE PLAYOFF

Northern Suburbs 12 Top Fry Nakuru 7

CUP FINAL

Menengai Cream Homeboyz 27 Mwamba 0

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Menengai Cream Homeboyz on Saturday earned their first ever win at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, startled leaders KCB, posting a 33-24 result.

Mean Machine, after 11 successive defeats, registered their first win of the season, stunning pre-match favorites Blak Blad 16-10 at the University of Nairobi grounds.

There was drama galore at the Impala Club, hosts Resolution Impala Saracens racing to an early 32-7 lead in early second half before three successive yellow cards saw them reduced to 12 men, Mwamba coming to within two points of the Sarries, the scores 35-33 before conceding from the maul, the Sarries just nicking it 40-33.

Nondescripts and Western Bulls was close, the Bulls leading 15-10  at a point , trailing 18-20 with five to play before a penalty and converted try saw Nondies claim the 30-18 result.

There were routine wins for SportPesa Quins and Kabras Sugar, Quins with the 33-14 win over visiting Top Fry Nakuru at the RFUEA as Kabras Sugar posted a 35-17 home win over the Strathmore Leos at the Kakamega Showground.

Collated Kenya Cup match day 13 results

KCB 24 Menengai Cream Homeboyz 33

Mean Machine 16 Blak Blad 10

SportPesa Quins 33 Top Fry Nakuru 14

Kabras Sugar 35 Strathmore Leos 17

Nondescript 30 Western Bulls 18

Resolution Impala Saracens 40 Mwamba 33

Mombasa Stun Kisii In Championship Action

Mombasa RFC snapped leaders Resolution Kisii’s recent fine run of form, posting  a 20-6 win at the Mombasa Sports Club on Saturday 18 February 2017.

USIU tamed hosts JKUAT Cougars with a 41-19 win over hosts JKUAT Cougars in Juja as South Coast Pirates edged out Kisumu 10-9 at the St. Joseph’s Primary School in Ukunda.

Visiting Moi University were awared the 24-0 walk over against Thika. Moi made the 320km trip to Thika, only for it to emerge that Thika lacked a venue to host the fixture.

Collated KRU Championship Results

Mombasa 20 Resolution Kisii 6

USIU 41 JKUAT Cougars 19

South Coast Pirates 10 Kisumu 9

Thika 0 Moi University 24

-- KRU Media 

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A group of Derby County legends made a playing comeback on Thursday by featuring in a walking football tournament to support the Derby County Community Trust’s annual trip to Kenya.

The Kenya Cup, which ran in partnership with Richmond Villages Retirement Homes, saw former rams Archie Gemmill, Roger Davies, Roy McFarland and Kevin Hector don their football boots again in Repton, reminiscent of the Derby’s title winning era of the 1970s. 

Walking football was the sport on offer and is a growing phenomenon amongst the older generations, providing an excellent outlet for those looking to return to the sport after many years’ absence. 

Teams of over 60s from across Derbyshire took part, all to raise money for the Rams in Kenya project which will see over 60 volunteers return to the African country this summer.

During what will be their sixth visit, volunteers will spend time funding the installation of running water, building classrooms, providing resources, supporting teachers and completing maintenance and site improvement. Money raising events such as the Kenya Cup prove vital in making the trip possible. 

In what was a fantastic fundraiser, the ex-Rams showed great vigour and hadn’t lost that competitive edge. They eventually finished the day runners-up to Riverside following a 3-3 draw and loss on penalties in the final. 

The trip began in 2012 and has grown since 13 volunteers departed on the first visit. 164 volunteers have now taken part across the five trips. 

Volunteers also get the opportunity to take part in the Rift Valley Adventure Day which is a visit to the Nakuru National Safari, Thompson falls and the equator. There is also the chance to visit the Menengai Crater, an elephant orphanage and the giraffe manor in Narobi.

Facilitated by African Adventures, the trip benefits both the Derby County Community Trust and the impoverished areas around Nakuru in Kenya.

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Kenya's Ulinzi Stars will face Egypt's Smouha in the round of 32 of the CAF Confederation Cup. This is after Ulinzi Stars defeated Al Hilal Benghazi in post match penalties. Smouha, based in Alexandria reached the Confederation Cup after finshing third in the Egyptian Premier League last season and jumped to the round of 32 thanks to the draw. Ulinzi Stars beat Al Hilal 1-0 in the return match taking the score to a 1-1 on aggregate and sending the tie into penalties which they won.

Smouha will host the first leg match in Alexandria on weekend of March 10-12 while the second leg will be in Kenya and is set to be held between 17 and 19 March.

Elsewhere, Kenya Premier League champions, Tusker were sent crashing out of the CAF Champions League preliminary round after losing 2-1 to Mauritius side, AS Port Louis 2000. The result on Sunday saw the Brewers crash out 3-2 on aggregate as the first leg had ended 1-1 in Nairobi a week ago. Ephrem Guikan was the hero for the hosts with a quickfire brace that dashed Tusker’s hopes of progress against the Mauritius side. The Mauritius side will now meet Sudan’ s Al Hilal in the first round.

In the meantime, CAF mandarins are expected in the country today to start inspections on match venues that will go a long way to determine whether Kenya will host next year’s African Nations Championships. During the meeting held over the weekend at Moi, Kasarani and chaired by FKF president Nick Mwendwa, the LOC discussed a wide range of issues touching on the country’s level of preparedness and the upcoming Caf inspector’s visit scheduled for between today and Friday.

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Kenya’s Titus Ekiru was the surprise victor at the 33rd edition of the Zurich Maratón de Sevilla on Sunday (19), improving the course record at this IAAF Silver Label Road Race to 2:07:43. In the women’s race, Spain’s Paula González successfully defended her title with a massive career best of 2:28:54.

Perfectly paced by Spain’s Jesús España, the men’s race kicked-off at a steady 3:02 clip to target the 2:08:14 course record set last year. The opening 10 kilometres were covered in 30:28 with all the key favourites comfortably travelling behind the two pacesetters, España and Amanuel Mesel of Eritrea.

Pacing over the same circuit which witnessed his debut last season, España led the top group exactly until the half marathon point, with the clock reading a promising 1:04:05. Seven men were in contention, the nearest being unheralded 25-year-old Ekiru and compatriot Shadrack Kipkosgei.

Once Mesel – a 2:08:17 marathon runner who lives for much of the year in Madrid – took command of the race the tempo heated up by some four seconds per kilometre. That whittled down the group gradually and by the 30 kilometre point only four men remained in contention: the Kenyan trio of Ekiru, Kipkosgei and Kipkemboi Kinsang and Ethiopian Tariku Kebede, a 2:12 performer. Mesel dropped out after signing off on a brisk 29:40 10km split to leave the favourites on a perfect path to crack 2:08.

From then on the race turned into a marvellous exhibition from Ekiru, who dictated the pace relentlessly despite the modest career bests of 1:02:26 and 2.15:43 he brought to Seville. He left his three pursuers behind some 1:48 into the race with six kilometres remaining. His 2:00:50 split at the 40th kilometre clearly suggested the course record was going to be broken although Ekiru still had to hold off Kebede, who was still in pursuit during the waning stages in the stadium.

Ekiru held on for the victory in 2:07:43, five seconds clear of the Ethiopian who was contesting his third marathon. Kipkosgei completed the podium in 2:08:26, a career best by more than a minute.

“It’s true that my PB was only 2:15:43 but I’ve been training with several 2:05 marathoners in recent months and I managed to follow their pace in our training sessions so I knew I could run quite fast,” Ekiru said. “Anyway, I didn’t expect to win.”

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Kenya women's and Tanzania men's wheelchair tennis singles teams on Sunday respectively qualified for the Wheelchair Tennis World Cup scheduled for May in Italy during the PNB Paribus African World Team Qualifiers held in Nairobi.

Phoebe Masika won her match against Lucy Shirima 6-2, 6-3 whereas her counterpart Jane Ndenga beat her opponent, Rehema Selemani 7-5, 7-5 to book Kenya a ticket to the World Cup.

In the men's category, Kenya's Collins Omondi beat Tanzania's Juma Hamisi 6-2, 7-5 but Peter Munuve lost to Navatus Temba from Tanzania 0-6, 2-6.

This forced the quartet to play in the doubles to determine the men's slot, which was won by Tanzania 6-3, 6-1.

The eight teams that took part in the event are Cameroon, Egypt, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

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Leonard Barsoton and Irene Cheptai captured the men’s and women’s senior titles at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships in Nairobi on Saturday (18). With their victories today at the Uhuru Gardens Grounds, the pair, along with U20 winners Richard Kimunyan Yator and Sandra Chebet, will be leading the east African powerhouse at next month's IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017.

FIRST NATIONAL TITLE FOR BARSOTON

The men's senior race saw Japan-based Barsoton, the U20 silver medalist at the 2013 World Cross Country Championships, surprise the field and take his first national title in strong fashion.

The race started at steady pace with Vincent Rono and former world cross country champion Japhet Korir exchanging the early lead. The first break came shortly after half-way with Police trio Geoffrey Kamworor, Bedan Karoki and Barsoton gradually moving to the front. Nicholas Kosimbei, the 2014 world U20 10,000m champion, made a bold move with just over two laps remaining but Barsoton and Kamworor quickly responded and broke from the field. 

With a lap to go it appeared to be down to Barsoton and Kamworor --who resumed training less than two months ago-- with Bedan Karoki leading the challenge. Barsoton forged on to a comfortable victory while Karoki closed quickly to overtake Kamworor at the line for second.

Behind the trio, early leader Rono finished fourth with current 10km and 15km world record holder Leonard Patrick Komon making a notable comeback to finish fifth and punch his ticket to Kampala. Newcomer Leonard Lagat from Keringet finished sixth and will represent Kenya for the first time in his career.

CHEPTAI OVERPOWERS LOADED FIELD - WOMEN’S RACE

The senior races opened with a very competitive women's contest. As all the favorites watched each other for the first two kilometres, Alice Aprot, the reigning African cross country champion, decided to take the leader’s role and upped the pace.

Behind her a high quality group formed, including Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon, 5000m specialist Cheptai, fast-rising Lilian Kasait, Police champion Caroline Chepkoech and Olympic silver medallist Hyvin Kiyeng. By six kilometres the group was reduced to four with Cheptai, Kasait, Kipyegon and Aprot building a small gap.

Kasait, the 2013 world U18 3000m champion, led most of the last two kilometres only to be outsprinted by Kasait in the last 50 metres.

Kipyegon finished third while Aprot, reigning world cross country champion Agnes Tirop and Kiyeng claiming the final qualifying spots. 

CHEBET AND KIMUNYAN TAKE U20 TITLES 

The competition kicked off under pleasant conditions with the women’s U20 6km race. After a conservative opening lap, Nairobi teammates Sandra Chebet and world U20 steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol began to push the pace. A lead pack of 20 was soon whittled down to six with the full South Rift region squad of Mirriam Cherop, Sheila Chelangat, Joyline Cherotich and Emaculate Chepkirui following in that order.

With less than two kilometres remaining, Chebet upped the tempo to run away to a commanding victory. Chespol was next across the line but there was drama on her heels when Cherop, the African junior cross country champion, collapsed 350 metres from the finish. That left the final Kampala team spots for Chelangat, Chepkirui, Cherotich and newcomer Esther Muthoni.

Conversely, the men’s U20 contest got off to a quick start, with Wesley Ledama and Richard Yator, respectively the 2016 world U20 5000m bronze medallist and 2015 world youth 3000m champion, taking command. A group of 14 quickly formed reducing the pace until the five-kilometre mark when Ledama again upped the tempo to break up the group.

Only Yator, Ronald Kirui, high-schooler Nicholas Kimeli and Edwin Kiplagat were able to respond. Waiting patiently, Yator pulled away for good with 400 metres to go to kick to his seven-second victory.

Ledama, who did most of the leading, was beaten to third by fast-closing Meshak Kyuguti who surprised the field with an impressive closing kilometre.

Kiplagat, world U20 steeplechase champion Amos Kirui and Ronald Kirui finished fourth through sixth to claim their team spots. 

 

Leading Results -

MEN (10km) :

1. Leonard BARSOTON (Police) 28:56

2. Bedan KAROKI (Police) 29:02

3. Geoffrey KAMWOROR (Police) 29:03

4. Vincent RONO (Nairobi) 29:06

5. Leonard KOMON (Coast) 29:09

6. Leonard LAGAT (South Rift) 29:14

 

WOMEN (10km) :

1. Irene CHEPTAI (Police) 31:48

2. Lilian KASAIT (South Rift) 31:51

3. Faith KIPYEGON (South Rift) 32:13

4. Alice APROT (Prisons) 32:19

5. Agnes TIROP (Police) 32:47

6. Hyvin KIYENG (Police) 32:52

 

U20 MEN (8km) :

1. Richard KIMUNYAN (Central Rift) 23:03

2. Meshak KYUGUTI (Southern) 23:10

3. Wesley LADEMA (Nairobi) 23:13

4. Edwin KIPLAGAT (South Rift) 23:15

5. Amos KIRUI (South Rift) 23:17

6. Ronald KIRUI (South Rift) 23:22

 

U20 WOMEN (6km) :

1. Sandra CHEBET (Nairobi) 19:25

2. Celliphine CHESPOL (Nairobi) 19:47

3. Sheila CHELANGAT (South Rift) 19:50

4. Emmaculate CHEPKIRUI (South Rift) 19:52

5. Joyline CHEROTICH (South Rift) 19:54

6. Esther MUTHONI (Nairobi) 19:57

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Here is the business that has been happening from last Friday throughout the week in the world of sports. 

Puma resurgence continues with strong financials

German sportswear company Puma has posted a 33-per-cent increase in operating profit to continue its financial improvement on the back of a year of major sporting events.

New Super League seeks to shake up triathlon

Hamilton Island in Australia has been announced as the host of a new triathlon series that aims to create an entertainment property that will take triathlon into the mainstream.

Funding not an issue for Vegas stadium, says Raiders president

Oakland Raiders president Marc Badain has insisted that financing the NFL American football team's proposed move from California to Nevada will not be an issue, despite the project having recently lost one of its key backers.

European Tour furthers innovation strategy with new GolfSixes event

Golf's European Tour has continued its drive for innovation in the sport by unveiling a new event entitled GolfSixes.

'Landmark' pact set to herald peace in kiteboarding

World Sailing on Monday hailed the signing of a "landmark agreement" which aims to unite the kiteboarding community and end a period of turmoil in the sport.

Amsterdam to host 3x3 basketball showpieces

Fiba, basketball's global governing body, has announced that the Dutch city of Amsterdam will host the 3x3 Europe Cup later this year and the 3x3 World Cup in 2019.

Formula E secures fresh Chinese investment

CMC Capital Partners, a leading Chinese investor in the sports and entertainment sectors on Tuesday announced an investment in Formula E Holdings Limited, the official promoter of the Formula E electric car-racing championship.

MEPs call for Commission inquiry into F1

The European Commission could launch an investigation into alleged "anti-competitive practices" in the Formula One motor-racing world championship after Members of the European Parliament voted to support an inquiry.

Turkey confirms plan to re-enter bidding arena for European Championships

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) on Wednesday confirmed it will bid to host Uefa Euro 2024, following up on a pledge it made when exiting the race for rights to the 2020 edition of the showpiece national team tournament of European football's governing body.

LFP and FFF launch first overseas office in Beijing

The French Football League (LFP) and French Football Federation (FFF) on Thursday joined forces to inaugurate their first overseas office in Beijing, China.

FIA slams 'malicious' criticism of role in F1 takeover

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has hit out at "inaccurately informed" and "malicious" reports concerning its role in the takeover of Formula One by US mass media company Liberty Media.

You are now informed! Be sure to read again next week on Friday to catch up on the latest in the world of sports. 

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Michael Jordan hasn't played an NBA game since 2003 and his last with the Chicago Bulls was 16 years ago. Yet Jordan earned approximately $90 million in 2013. Jordan made hundreds of millions from endorsements during his career, but 2013 was his biggest year yet. His 2013 payday was more than any retired or current athlete, outside of Floyd Mayweather.

Jordan’s hefty earnings are mostly attributable to the incredible success of Nike’s Jordan Brand. Other partners for Jordan, the man, include Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck, 2K Sports, Novant Health and Five Star Fragrances. He also owns seven restaurants, a car dealership and 80% of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.

High-profile athletes like Michael Jordan and David Beckham have founded global business empires on the careful use of their images. However, the widespread use of smartphones and social media has made it increasingly difficult for athletes to protect their images because their pictures or videos can be uploaded to the internet and, within seconds, accessed by millions of people. 

Protecting an image is not just about money; an athlete’s reputation can be severely damaged through their unauthorized association with certain products or enterprises such as tobacco, alcohol or gambling.

Unlike other countries, personality or image rights are not explicitly recognized in Kenyan law. As a result, athletes whose images have been exploited are likely to find themselves having to initiate court action in a legal system which is ill-designed to protect their individual image rights. Consequently, many are turning to the use of trade marks.

A trade mark provides a legally enforceable right in relation to the use of an image, symbol or words associated with a person or other entity.

Trade marks can be particularly helpful because they can extend beyond the athlete’s image, to their name, signature and other images associated with the individual athlete. Essentially, if there’s some unique image associated with you, you can apply to trade mark it. Usain Bolt, for example, has entered his famous “winning pose” in the United States Trade Mark Registry, preventing its use by others.

  • Once you have trade marked an aspect of your sporting personality, you can:
  • Exclusively use your trade mark to start a brand, or sell a product;
  • More easily prevent people ‘piggy backing’ off your image;
  • Sell or licence the exclusive use of your trade mark for profit;

Get nation-wide coverage for your exclusive use rights to your trade mark. This is critical because if you do not have a trade mark and someone infringes your rights, any action you may have against them could be limited by state jurisdiction. Nation-wide coverage is also the first step to be taken if you want to later consider expanding your rights in other countries.

What should you do?

Professional athletes should give serious consideration to whether their image, or part of it, should be trademarked. This will provide them with a course of action in trade mark infringement if their image is exploited at any time. 

For some athletes, the registration of a trade mark may seem excessive. However it is important that all athletes know what rights they have in relation to their sporting images, and the options available to them if they think they may be being exploited. 

Trade mark registration is included in the services offered under Kenyanstar Athlete Branding and Marketing Services. Should you need any further information or to sign up for our services please contact us

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Pauline Naise belongs to a different class, a rare one, with a few names ahead of her. A class of Kenyan stars who have represented the country at International level  in two(or more) different sports, and have excelled at it. The likes J.J Masiga for Rugby and Football,  Aasif Karim for Tennis and Cricket, Carl Tundo for Motorsport and Golf and Collins Omae for Rugby and Athletics. 

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Kenya are down to 24th in the latest rankings released by World Rugby on Monday 13 February 2017. The Simbas, whose last assignment was the 34-10 win over Hong Kong last August in Nairobi have 59.28 points and been overhauled by Germany who climbed to 22nd on 60.73 points courtesy of a shock 41-38 win over Romania in Rugby Europe Championship action on Saturday.

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Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union officials are currently cooling their heels at a prison somewhere, most probably Industrial Area Remand Prison. They agree that they disobeyed court orders because their cause is just and that man was not made for the law but the law was made for man. But the law is an ass (foolish); they have to go to jail. I used to wonder if it is ‘an ass’ or ‘an arse’ until I came to my own conclusion for the sake of it. To the rich it is the animal ass (donkey) to the poor it is the behind (body part).

Back to football. Sofapaka FC and Muhoroni Youth have been relegated for failing to comply with CAF regulations for licensing clubs. Sofapaka have won the league once and FKF Cup on several occasions. Muhoroni Youth won the Top 8 Knock Out Cup last season. We are not talking about light weight football clubs but two community clubs worth their name in the top flight league. But the law is the law, an ass. The two clubs are meant to play in the NSL this season.

It has always been said that institutional clubs are not good for Kenyan football. This is because the sponsoring institution’s core business is not football so the clubs tend to be the first casualty when costs have to be cut. Then because football is just another non-essential department, the club will never develop and bypass the institution because it will be a monster they cannot tame. This makes clubs like Sofapaka and Muhoroni important for the growth of football in Kenya. 

The small remedy is that two community clubs in Kariobangi Sharks and Zoo Kericho have been promoted to the top flight. That is a good development, but what is the guarantee they will not end up like Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth. EllyKalekwa the Sofapaka President insists that he showed he has enough money in his account to run the club. Adagala the Muhoroni Chairman claimed that Muhoroni Sugar Company has assured him of tenders which will enable him to run the club through the season. The truth is the two clubs have struggled to pay players in the last two seasons. 

Everyone who has run a business will tell you that once in a while, things get thick. The case of Sofapaka and Muhoroni is not unique. It does not mean that they are the worst run club this side of the Sahara. Football does not pay in this country, it runs on individual passion and some clean money from FIFA, Supersport and corporates that turns dirty before it trickles down. For Kalekwa and Prezda to run the two clubs this far is good example of sacrifice, despite the pain caused to players and coaches. 

Should we let the two clubs to go down to NSL where they will not get the KES. 8 million they get annually from KPL/Supersport. This is the only lifeline the clubs have so we can rest assured that they will close up as soon as this season ends.  FKF should talk to partners, including FIFA to extend some grants or loans so that the clubs can work out a formula to be sustainable. The law does not think, but it was made for our good. If the law inhibits our growth, then it beats logic to execute it as it is.

A few people at KCB and Vihiga County might gain by the relegation of the two clubs but Kenyan football will lose. Kalekwa and Adagala have come too far to be crushed by a piece of law I believe all clubs in Kenya scored below average. As we wait for the ruling by the John Ohaga led Sports Tribunal, either way it goes, let us count the cost of the outcome. Let football win.

@stuttistician

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Savannah Cement fc from Arthi River toured Coast for two pre season  build up friendly matches losing to Coast Stima in their first match last saturday before sharing the spoils with Changamwe United with a 3-3 score line the following day. Speaking during the post match interview Savannah team manager Donald Otieno is satisfied with the performance of the team and looks forward  to a better season this year.

''Im happy with our  preparations. We fielded new signings who are younger and stronger and combined well with the rest of the team. We have a good team capable of lifting the title this season''

The team travelled without  national soccer team Harambee Stars under 17 trialists Zidane Ochieng, Ibrahim Ali Athumani and Kenneth Mukura as well as under 20 trialists Sebastian Njoroge and James Kinyanjui who are all students but Otieno confirmed  they will be available for duty once the league kicks off.

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