Athletes readied for second edition of the Athletics Kenya seminar

By evelyn watta
Nov 25, 2013
  • 800m World Record holder David Rudisha is among athletes that will take part in the Athletes education seminar.

The next three days will offer a much needed break for about 200 local track and field athletes from their arduous training programs as they converge in Eldoret for the three day Athletics Kenya,AK organized education seminar.

The second edition of the seminar that begins on Tuesday November 26 comes in the wake of increased focus on Kenyan athletes globally following reports of widespread doping which also concerned the World Anti doping agency.17 runners tested positive for banned substances this season.

Dr.Giusseppe Fischetto a member of the International Association of Athletics Federation, IAAF Anti-doping Commission will conduct the all-important topic on Medical and doping.

AK Vice President General Jack Tuwei said they had broadened the topics of discussions based on the rising needs of the athletes.

“This year we will have small working groups of athletes guided through the various topics of discussions because we want them to fully grasp the issues at hand as we realize the importance of each subject to their wellbeing.

Another new thing is the group discussion from which we shall be able to receive feedback arising from what has been discussed ,”said Tuwei.

Over the three-day the athletes will hear first hand from various experts on legal matters, the dreaded taxation issues, insurance, retirement savings and benefit, investments education and even how to enhance their media relations and improve their earnings through endorsements.

The athletes will also get tips on their nutrition, sports psychology, and training programmes as well as guidance on how to avoid some common injuries.

The Athletics body also hopes to use the sessions to enlighten the athletes on dealings with their agents and managers.

The seminar will culminate with the annual AK awards seminar where the top medalists, performers and coaches will be honoured.

It will be the first time the award ceremony will be held in Eldoret the cradle of long distance running in Kenya. The gala will also be used to fete retired medaled athletes.

Kiprop escapes as car crashes

Meanwhile, World 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop had a lucky escape when his motor vehicle crashed in Kabarnet on Sunday evening.

Kiprop who was at the wheel of his BMW lost control at a sharp corner and the vehicle just missed going down the cliff.James Kangogo also a 1500m runner was in the passangers seat at the time, suffered minor injuries.

Kiprop the Beijing winner was treated and discharged from hospital with slight neck pain.

"I saw him this morning and he is ok recovering from the shock but with no injuries,"National team coach David Letting told sportsnewsarena.com from Eldoret.