By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Only nine athletes from Kenya have been named in
the Africa team for the IAAF Continental Cup, which will be
hosted in Ostrava, the Czech Republic on Sept 8-9.
Africa will have a
77-member team competing in the two-day championships, which
will attract teams from Africa, the Americas, Europe and
Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Secretary General
Lamine Faty, South Africa will have the largest representation
with a contingent of 20 athletes, followed by Nigeria and Kenya.
“South Africa will
make up more than a quarter of the 77-member African team, which
consists of 39 men and 35 women. We don’t have enough time to
build up a strong team with athletes coming from various
nationalities,” said Lamine Faty, the CAA Secretary General on
Those from Kenya
include Beatrice Chepkoech, Hellen Obiri, Julius Yego, Conseslus
Kipruto, Winnie Chebet, Elijah Manangoi, Emmanuel Korir while
South Africa’s Caster Semenya will compete in three events of
400, 800 and mixed relay.
President Jack Tuwei has however questioned the CAA selection,
saying it was biased.
“We will pick up the
issue with CAA because we don’t know what criteria was used to
pick the runners especially in the relay team, which was won by
Kenya,” said Tuwei.
The Africa team was
selected based on performance at the Africa Championships, which
were held in Asaba, Nigeria two weeks ago. The African team will
consist of athletes from 18 different countries.
Though two athletes
were selected in each discipline, only one was considered from
each country for a specific discipline.
Kenya, which topped
the standings in Asaba with 19 medals, including 11 golds, has
been shocked with only nine athletes getting the nod, while
former champion South Africa has the highest number of athletes,
with 20 in the team.
Nigeria has 16
athletes, Morocco has six, while Egypt and Ethiopia both have
four athletes on the team. Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau,
Burundi, Swaziland, Uganda and Djibouti only have one athlete
each making the team.
The Continental Cup
is held every four years since 2010, replacing the previous
Athletics World Cup and involves teams from Africa, the
Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Africa and Europe picked
their teams from their continental championships, while
Asia-pacific and Americas select their squads based on rankings.
In sprints, Akani
Simbine and Arthur Cisse are in the 100m and Ncincilili Titi and
Divine Oduduru in the 200m.
In long jump is
Rushwal Samaai with Yahya Berrabah. Olympic javelin silver
medalist Julius Yego is the star in throws and South Africa is
building the 4x100m team. Cote d’Ivoire world medalist Marie
Josee Ta Lou is selected for both 100 and 200m, Nigeria for