AK reverses selection criteria

December 17, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 17 – Athletics Kenya (AK) has rescinded its decision to select the National Cross Country team from athletes who have participated in a minimum of four legs of the AK Cross Country series.
AK Secretary General David Okeyo said on Wednesday that all athletes hoping to represent Kenya at next year’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Amman, Jordan are eligible for selection regardless of whether they take part in the national series or IAAF Permit events.
“The IAAF Series also counts towards selection because Kenya is a member of the body and it is a condition that we participate in their events which is also part of the national team’s preparations,” said Okeyo.
“We’re going to have six runners representing us in every category so if we have four taking part locally and another two in Europe it means that we are building towards capacity,” he added.
AK had indicated at the start of the cross country season that athletes hoping to be selected for the trip to the Middle East have to run in at least four meets.
“We’re happy with the participation of top class athletes in the cross country series and it is the first time most of them are participating,” said Okeyo.
So far, four of the seven legs series have been held at Machakos, Kericho, Meru and Kisii attracting over 1800 participants in various categories.
Okeyo also expressed confidence that Kenya will win an individual cross country title at the championships.
“Cross country is a team sport. If you win an individual race but your team performs poorly there will be problems but that doesn’t mean we won’t focus on indiduals,” said Okeyo.
“We are working very hard to ensure that we deliver individual honours like we did before,” he added.
Nyahururu will host the next cross country meet on December 27 followed by Eldoret on January 10.


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