Kenya fine with Bushell's decision


NAIROBI, April 13- Kenya will not object to a decision by national star swimmer Achieng Ajulu-Bushell to be allowed to compete for Britain, a National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) official said on Tuesday.
The 16-year-old African 50m breaststroke record holder Bushell, who competed for Kenya at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and at the World championships in Rome last year, has recently stated her wish to change her country allegiance to Britain where she was born.

"We don’t have any objection to let her go. As far as we are concerned she has never been a Kenyan. She has been using the Kenyan passport by virtue of her father," NOCK secretary Francis Paul told AFP.

"We have already spoken with the Kenya Swimming Federation to liaise with its international federation and facilitate the change," he added.

The decision means Bushell, who last raced for Kenya on August 1 last year, will not have to wait for the eligible three-year period to be allowed to compete for her new country.

Instead the teenager, who is currently on a swimming scholarship in Plymouth college in Devon, may even race for Britain at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in New Dehli, India.

Kenya has lost a big number of its athletes to Bahrain and Qatar since the 800 metres world record holder, Wilson Kipketer started the exodus when he chose to represent Denmark in 1996.