AK put road race organizers on notice

Sep 25, 2012

Athletics Kenya President, Isaiah Kiplagat has reiterated the federation’s intention to cut down the number of road races in the country as from next year.

Kiplagat said the AK will be forced to deny organizers of such races a licence if the tricks the association has lined up fail to work for them.

Some of the plans AK has put in place to help control the road races in the country include the proposals that every full marathon run in Kenya from next year must have a prize money not less than Ksh.500,000 with half marathons paying Ksh.250,000.

The athletics body has also proposed that no race will shall be sanctioned by AK without the organizers providing anti doping kits, which can only be imported from South Africa and the organizers of such races will be forced to part with not less than Ksh.1 Million.

Kiplagat confirmed that if all the above measures are not adhered to, they will be forced to deny some of the organizers of such races the permit arguing that the increasing number of road races in the country is posing a lot of threat to athletes.

“We want to move away from road races which are destroying our athletes, we want to develop youthful and future athletes but if the organizers of such races become clever then we'll be forced to deny them the permits,” Kiplagat said.

Kiplagat added that after the impending AK election, the association will form a committee that will be tasked by overseeing the 'projects' funded by the proceeds from such races.

“From next year anyone who will not have anti doping kit will not be allowed to organize any race in the country. We don’t want people to use athletes to raise funds for themselves in the pretext that they are running a project, after our election we will form a committee that will be going round the country to inspect such projects," added Kiplagat.

Kiplagat made the remarks after receiving a Ksh 750,000 from Safaricom LTD for this year's Ndalat Gaa Kids Cross country that will take place October 13th.

The race's organizing committee chairman Abraham Mutai said preparation for the race is at advanced stages adding that over 4000 athletes are expected to take part in the fourth edition of the race.

The winner of the boys' and girls senior elite category will pocket Ksh 20,000 each with the winner of the team category which has attracted over 80 schools taking Ksh 60,000 as the prize money.

Kiplagat said that this year's edition is expected to be tough and entertaining considering that the race will take place at the historical Ndalat hills which has been gazetted as one of the national monuments.

Kiplagat added that from next year the race will go regional as they plan to invite two Schools from Uganda, one from Tororo and another from Jinja towns to take part in the school category. In 2013, Kiplagat revealed that they will invite an additional school from Musoma, Tanzania.


Elvince Joshua

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