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 games.
“We need athletes in
all disciplines, especially the sprint and field
events,” he added.
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
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 Australia.
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
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.