Let athletes prepare well

Monday February 1 2016

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Athletics Kenya stirred debate when it deferred the naming of teams for the World Indoor Championships and World Half Marathon by a month.

The Indoor competition is slated for March 7-20 in Oregon, USA, while Cardiff Wales will host the half marathon on March 26.

Interestingly, AK said it would shortlist marathon teams for the Rio Olympic Games due in August after the London Marathon set to be held on April 23.

It said this is meant to give athletes more time to prepare for the competition. Kenya performed poorly at the 2014 World Indoor Championships, winning only two medals through Caleb Mwangangi (3,000m gold) and Hellen Ombiri (3,000m - silver) respectively.

The 2014 World Half Marathon show was commendable as Geoffrey Kamworor and Gladys Cherono won individual titles.  The women’s team won gold and the men, silver.

Kenya has not only to select strong teams but also give athletes more time to prepare. The season has just started and most athletes are not in top form. The ongoing cross-country races are good platforms for preparations.

The mode of selection will be in focus as AK picks the Rio teams, knowing that Kenya had their fastest athletes over the distance at the London Olympics in 2015 worlds, but still flopped.