NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan female distance running star, Hellen Obiri,
the world women 5000m champion and Rio 2016 Olympics silver
medallist was on Wednesday named as the Team Kenya
Chef-de-Mission to the 1st ANOCA Zone V Genocide Memorial Games
The event will run from April 2 to 6 with 11
nations- Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea,
Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia and Egypt expected to
compete in five sporting codes with 39 medals on offer.
The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) confirmed they
would send the country’s representatives to as many competitions
as possible in the event that features athletics, basketball,
volleyball, cycling and Taekwondo and open to players between 16
"NOCK is committed to giving opportunities for growth and
exposure for top athletes, to transition them in administration
and management in the country," the local Olympic body stated.
Obiri, 29, shot to prominence in 2012 when she won the women
3000m title at the Istanbul IAAF World Indoor Championships in
Turkey, running 8:37.16 for victory.
A year later at the Moscow 2013 worlds, Obiri won bronze over
5000m having taken silver in her World Indoor defence in Sopot,
Poland earlier in the season.
Gold medals at the 2014 IAAF World Relays in Bahamas and
Africa Championships in Marrakech, Morocco followed before she
went on maternal break in 2015.
Obiri returned to win silver at Rio 2016, completing the
Kenyan 1-2 with Vivian Cheruiyot before a year later, she won
her first senior world title when she raced to a 14:34.86
victory in the women 5000m final of London 2017.
Last year, she scooped the Gold Coast Commonwealth and Asaba
African Championships 5000m crowns in Australia and Nigeria.
Ex-Kenyan star runner
Barnaba Korir says registration
of athletics coaches curb doping incidences
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A former Kenyan international athlete said on Thursday the
ongoing registration of coaches by the parent organization will
curb incidences of doping in the athletics-mad nation.
Barnaba Korir, who did duty for the east African nation in
middle and long distance races, said the exercise was long
overdue, and if undertaken earlier, would have control the
doping menace that has put the country on the radar of global
"Truth be told, we have operated poorly in the past by
allowing people to hover around our athletes in the pretext of
coaching them," said Korir, who is in charge of youth
development at Athletics Kenya.
"We have not had clear lines on who qualifies as a coach and
it is now time to rectify this," he told Xinhua in Nairobi.
Doping among Kenya runners is not carried out in a haphazard
manner, but by cartels that profit at the expense of upcoming
and top athletes by making easy money from them, most who want
to win races and prize money by any means necessary.
However, unknown to most of the runners, and which the
cartels conveniently hide from mentioning to them, is that the
athletes put their lives and careers at risk and can crumble
fame and fortune, sometimes in a matter of hours once they are
The cartels have been operating in training camps where they
give athletes injections for Erythropoietin (EPO) and other
enhancing substances to boost performance, while ‘assuring’ them
it won’t be detected.
Korir said the exercise will no doubt be for the good of
athletes and all need to accord it the seriousness it deserves.
The process targets the registration, approval and licensing
of officials who want to work in the country, both local and
foreign and those who will not have registered with the national
governing body will not be allowed to handles athletes.
Officials of Athletics Kenya have warned that they will be
forced to involve other government agencies in cases where
individuals do not present themselves for registration but
continue to handle athletes, and reiterated that the exercise
will be extended to athletes, training camps and medical