In Summary
  • Tuwei was non committal whether Kenya will be represented by one athlete or the country would be allowed to pick two fresh athletes in the event AIU fails to clear Kibet and Simiyu.
  • AK had invoked Rule 15 of IAAF which provides a window for such situations where an unknown athlete, or talent, crops up and isn’t in the AIU testing pool. Kibet and Simiyu fit in the category.

The participation of two athletes from Kenya in men’s 5,000 metres race at the World Championships still hangs in a balance.

Michael Kibet and Daniel Simiyu finished first and second respectively in men’s 5,000m during the national trials last week but were not named in Team Kenya for the World event.

Kibet and Simiyu failed to meet some of the anti-doping requirements put in place by Athletes Integrity Unit (AIU) and were left out of the team on Friday as Athletics Kenya (AK) picking only one athlete, Nicholas Kimeli, who finished third during the trials at Nyayo National Stadium.

The World Championships are due from September 27 to October 6 in Doha. AK president Jackson Tuwei said on Tuesday the federation was still waiting for clearance from AIU to know what to do next even after the deadline for submission of entries to the World event elapsed Monday midnight.

Tuwei was non committal whether Kenya will be represented by one athlete or the country would be allowed to pick two fresh athletes in the event AIU fails to clear Kibet and Simiyu.

AK had invoked Rule 15 of IAAF which provides a window for such situations where an unknown athlete, or talent, crops up and isn’t in the AIU testing pool. Kibet and Simiyu fit in the category.

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