NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya rugby 15s national team head coach Jerome
Paarwater on Friday axed one of the established stars of his
side from the tour to Hong Kong citing disciplinary issues.
Fly-half Isaac Adimo
who plays for local side, Kenya Harlequins RFC, was dropped from
the 26-man travelling party that will take on Russia, Chile and
the hosts at the Nov. 10 to 18 Hong Kong Cup.
“Adimo was dropped
from the team because of discipline. He wasn’t training
regularly with the team and he wasn’t doing the things we want
him to do,” the South African tactician told local press when
unveiling his squad.
It is reported Adimo,
who was an integral part of the Kenyan squad that finished
second in the 2017 Africa Gold Cup behind continental champions
Namibia, has been skipping training.
In his place,
Paarwater recalled the experienced Nato Simiyu as Kenya seeks to
bounce back from their loss in the Tatu Test Series against Hong
Kong in Nairobi.
Kasait lead galaxy of stars to Spain cross country meet
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World Cross Country Championships silver medalist Alice Aprot
and Lilian Kasait will lead the women’ s field at the Cross de
Atapuerca in Spain on Nov. 12.
Aprot, who has ruled
out competing in the indoor circuit, wants to use the event to
boost her endurance ahead of the Commonwealth Games, which will
be held in Gold Coast in April.
“It is important to
start the season strong. That will be possible if you push hard
and work on your endurance, which can only be got in cross
country running. I want to start strong and win in the first leg
in Spain,” she said on Friday in Nairobi.
Kasait, who was the
bronze medalist in this year’s World Cross Country Championships
in Kampala, however, has warned her colleague she will not be
escorting her to a coronation and should expect a battle for the
“I look forward to
winning in Spain and then see how the rest of the circuit pans
out,” said Kasait.
World 5000m champion
Muktar Edris of Ethiopia has also confirmed that he will compete
in the Cross de Atapuerca.
For women race Aprot
and Kasait will be up against Senbere Teferi and Belaynesh
Oljira as well as defending champion Bahrain’s Aweke Ayalew.
The Cross de
Atapuerca will be the first of seven IAAF Cross Country Permit
meetings for the 2017-2018 season. Last year Ayalew put an end
to Imane Merga’s winning streak.
successive wins, Ethiopia’s Merga could only finish a distant
third last year as Ayalew and Uganda’s Timothy Toroitich
finished almost level with one another.
champion was also beaten in the women’s race last year as Teferi
won convincingly in 24:48 with 2014 and 2015 winner Belaynesh
Oljira down in fourth place. Both Ethiopian women will return to
Atapuerca next month.