Kenya’s national athletics federation chief has stepped aside to allow investigations into allegations he asked for thousands of dollars in bribes from athletes caught doping. Earlier this month, top Kenyan athlete Francisca Koki, suspended for doping, said she and fellow runner Joyce Zakari were asked to pay nearly $50,000 in bribes to Athletics Kenya chief executive officer Isaac Mwangi for help with the case.
Kenyan stars Jairus Birech and Faith Kipyegon took the honours at the 84th edition of the famous Cinque Mulini meeting, the sixth of this winter’s IAAF Cross Country Permit series, in the northern Italian town of San Vittore Olona on a sunny Sunday afternoon (31).
The 100-day countdown has begun for the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Rome 2016 on 7-8 May. It will be the fourth time that the competition has been held in Italy. Varese and Pescara hosted the second and third editions of the event in 1963 and 1965 respectively, while Turin staged the competition in 2002.
This year’s edition of the annual Dubai Marathon on the coming Friday, January 22nd, will see a number of elite runners from Ethiopia and Kenya at the start while the entire event consisting of the Marathon run, the 10 kilometer’s run and the 4 kilometer fun run will gather over 30,000 professional and hobby participants at the foot of the seven-star hotel Burj Al Arab.
Following approval by the IAAF Council, and acceptance by the International Olympic Committee and the Local Organising Committee, there has been a change to the athletics timetable for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. An updated timetable has been published on the IAAF website.
Top Kenyan athletes hard at work in high-altitude training in the Rift Valley town of Iten remain hopeful that Thursday’s publication of a second WADA report into corruption and doping in track and field will not disrupt their preparations for the Rio Olympics. Kenya’s two-time world champion and Olympic silver medallist Abel Kirui (2R) runs during a training session with other athletes in Iten, on January 13, 2016
Kenya expects more teams and individual athletes to qualify for the Rio Olympics as the country seeks to surpass their 2008 Beijing Games performance. After meeting with Athletics Kenya (AK) officials in Nairobi, Kipchoge Keino, the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) Chairman, said Monday, “We need to act fast and ensure the preparations are going on well. “
The IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 on 17-20 March is set to be the biggest ever edition of the championships on North American soil. Preliminary entries of 699 athletes (403 men, 296 women) have been received from 154 federations, making it a significantly larger event than the previous two editions on the continent.
The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has described the allegations of doping published by The Sunday Times and ARD as ‘sensationalist and confusing’. The IAAF has released a statement saying it was taking the allegations seriously and was investigating them thoroughly. They also said the data on which the reports were based was not ‘secret’ and they published a detailed analysis of this data more than four years ago.
Ferguson Rotich pipped David Rudisha at the national trials of the 800M on Saturday as Kenya named the squad for Beijing. Asbel Kiprop and Eunice Sum dominated their fields as the trials held at Kasarani on Saturday saw few surprises. In Marathon, Edna Kiplagat will lead the women’s team that includes Jemima Jelagat, Hella Kiprop and Jepkesho.