NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya are facing the dilemma of entering a second
stream team to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after senior
elite runners failed to get accreditation.
Top names including
Rio Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha, Olympic 10,000m silver
medalist Paul Tanui, National Cross Country champion Stacy Ndiwa,
World U18, 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa are only a few of the
top names missing out from the Kenya team list.
Spokesman Evans Bosire however has not ruled out convincing
organizers of the Commonwealth Games to grant them special
accreditation and entry.
“The deadline is
expired, but we will not rule them out yet. We are in
negotiation with organizers of the games to see how we can bring
them in. Should that fail, then we will just stick to those
athletes that are available and cleared to run in Gold Coast,”
said Bosire on Wednesday.
Kenya has been
allocated 65 slots and Bosire took issues with the limited quota
saying the country is a giant in track and field and should not
be constrained with a cap on how many they need to enter in the
“We need athletes in
all disciplines, especially the sprint and field events,” he
Kenya has won 220
Commonwealth Games medals, mostly in athletics and boxing. In
the last championships in Glasgow, Scotland, the country claimed
25 medals - 10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze.
There were two more
bronze medals from boxing and Paralympics. This was a drop in
performance compared to 2010 Delhi Games where Kenya had 33
medals - 12 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze.
On Saturday, Kenya
will hold a trial to select the team to Gold Coast Club Games
with about 200 athletes ready to compete for the 65 slots
allocated to Kenya for the Games slated for April 4-15 in
The first three
athletes to cross the finish line in the middle and long
distance races will make the team. Kenya have been allocated
only 125 participants in this year’s Commonwealth Games.
The new quota means
a reduction from 195 participants that took part in 2014 edition
in Glasgow, Scotland with athletics taking the lion’s share in
the team with 66 athletes.