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Agents given 24 hours to avail athletes

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 15- Athletics Kenya (AK) has given agents 24 hours to avail athletes selected for their pre-Olympics training camp in Eldoret.

In delivering the decree, AK chairman, Isaiah Kiplagat said action would be taken against those who do not provide the details of the whereabouts of their runners by end of Friday.

“We have the rules to sanction any agent who does not abide by their rules. There will be sanctions accordingly. The athletes were supposed to report by (March) 12th, today (Thursday) is 14th, if they are not there by tomorrow (Friday) we want to know why,” he added.

The chair disclosed 40 athletes had already reported to the IOC High Performance Training Centre in Eldoret for the camp that is being run by nine coaches.

“Many of the top athletes have welcomed this idea and we are pleased they have seen the importance of preparing early. We are asking them to come with their own programmes and we shall marry them with the programme developed by our coaches.

“Our aim is to work together and beat the performance in Beijing where we won six gold medals but we know there are a few managers telling their athletes not to come to our camp,” Kiplagat explained.

Last week, AK named 64 male and female runners as probables in the 5000m and 10000m at London Olympics races and asked them to report to Eldoret on Monday.

Trials for the Olympics will be held in June with some athletes who fail to secure London berths being selected to compete at the Africa Championships in Athletics that will be held in Benin in July.

“We have not yet fully decided on how to select the Benin squad but we are looking to consider those who finish from position four at the National Championships,” the chair further stressed.

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