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Running star Hellen Obiri named games head of Kenya mission

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 in Rwanda.

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 and 18.

"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 anti-doping authorities.

"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 busted.

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 personnel.


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