In Summary
  • This is a matter of dialoguing with the athletes on how best they want to be handled or rather assisted in order to maximize on their potential
  • Our top runners will be taking part in the Diamond League meetings and they will need recovery time before proceeding for the Trials two weeks later
  • The beauty about the whole plan is that the 10,000 metres will be held earlier during the national championships in a bid to allow the athletes to recover in time for the World Championships

The move by Athletics Kenya to separate the National Championships and the World Championship Trials is a well thought out idea.

According to a release this week, the national championships will take place on August 20-22 while the World Championship Trials will be be held on September 12-13.

According to my understanding, this is a matter of dialoguing with the athletes on how best they want to be handled or rather assisted in order to maximize on their potential.

In the past, events have been staged without consideration of the athletes' grievances and this is rather a good start. The truth of the matter is that if we want Kenya to be represented well at the international stage, we have to give all runners equal opportunities.

In this case, we understand that there are four crucial Diamond League meetings, which our runners must attend and combining the national event and the trials will be some sort of an injustice to some of them.

The Birmingham Diamond League is slated for August 18 with Paris slated for a week later. Zurich is planned for August 29 while Brussels will close the the Diamond League chapter on September 6.

We know our top runners will be taking part in the Diamond League meetings and they will need recovery time before proceeding for the Trials two weeks later. Besides, the Trials will serve as build-up events ahead of the World Championships in Doha Qatar from September 27 to October 6.

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