NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Athletics Kenya (AK) on Thursday banned all the
road races in the country that are organized without the input
of the main office or its regional affiliates.
The national athletics governing body said
the move is aimed at shielding runners against exploitation from
unscrupulous race organizers.
"We have noted with concern the mushrooming
of illegal road races across the country and the trend is really
"We are aware a few individuals have turned
to road races around the country into a cash cow at the expense
of the athletes," AK said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
"From now hence forth, AK will take charge of
all road races with the help of our affiliates to ensure that
organizers do not take advantage of the runners," it said.
Before awarding interested organizers a
permit to hold a road race, AK will factor among others prize
money, security, medical cover and standardized officiating.
"Doping is also key and AK will work closely with Anti-Doping
Agency of Kenya," the federation insisted.