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AK official says war against cheating must be won

By David Macharia
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
Athletics Kenya executive member Elizabeth Keitany donates food to athletes in Nyahururu town yesterday. Photo/PD/DAVID MACHARIA
In summary

Athletics coaches have been warned against colluding with runners involved in doping.

 Elizabeth Keitany, Athletics Kenya executive member, said the war against doping must be won and coaches should be at the forefront in the fight.

 “If any coach entertains doping by our athletes, they will be banned from coaching,” she warned.

 Keitany who is in charge of women athletes at AK further urged female runners to exploit their talent fully without being distracted by men.

 “I have toured most parts of the country sensitising the ladies to concentrate on running,” she said as she put on notice any handlers who mistreat junior runners.

Keitany also wants counties that had turned their stadiums into markets following the outbreak of Covid-19 to start the process of reverting them.

Her sentiments were echoed by South Rift AK chairman John Wachira who told counties to stop misusing the  facilities.

Wachira also urged the counties to carry out major renovations on stadiums that have become unusable since traders started using the facilities five months ago.

 They spoke in Nyahururu when they distributed food donations to junior runners from athletics camps around Nyahururu town in Laikipia County.

 Wachira urged other counties in South Rift to emulate Kericho County that had built a stadium with a tartan track. 

“I challenge other countries to visit Kericho and see the standard of the stadium built there,” he said.

 Barnabas Kitilit who is the secretary of the AK Youth Development Committee urged teachers to develop talent in children under their care “even if they are weak academically.”

 Kitilit who is also the Baringo County AK chairman said AK should empower teachers in primary schools to tap and develop talent at that young age because it is easier to develop children into good athletes.

“My take is, talent developers should go for children who are weak academically because most of them can become very good athletes and footballers,” Kitilit said. 

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