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High Court stops AK rebels SGM

KIPLAGAT-LAMINENAIROBI, November 12- The High Court on Wednesday stopped a Special General Meeting scheduled for Friday by 14 dissenting Athletics Kenya (AK) affiliates until an application filed by eight others is heard on November 26.

“The High Court has issued restraining orders barring any Special General Meeting on November 14 or on any other date pending hearing of the application. The matter had been applied for in the high court under certificate of urgency by eight AK branches,” the court said.

Meanwhile, long-serving federation president, Isaiah Kiplagat, will appear before the country’s Parliamentary Committee on Labour and Social Service to discuss the in-fighting mainly centered on forcibly removing him from the helm of the body he has led for 22 years.

The SGM was called by 14-dissenting affiliates led by one of his four vice-presidents, Paul Mutwii, to agitate for his removal on advanced age and mismanagement grounds.

His critics seized on the stunning failed A-Sample test for EPO of top female marathoner, Rita Jeptoo, to add substance abuse to their agenda after AK under Kiplagat, who is also an IAAF Council Member was accused of laxity in tackling the vice.

The septuagenarian and top members of his executive alongside federation CEO, Isaac Mwangi besides Government officials, are due to fly out to Monaco for the IAAF Congress to bid for the 2017 World Youth Championships with sources saying Kenya is in good stead of being awarded the global age athletics showpiece.

Kiplagat was summoned by the Members of Parliament to explain the latest feuding that is the second sustained effort to oust him in successive years as well as the high profile case of three-time Boston and twice Chicago Marathon champion, Jeptoo who is waiting for results of her B-Sample test

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