Wednesday, April 24, 2013

AK, Sports Department agree on polls

By AYUMBA AYODI [email protected]

Athletics Kenya and the Department of Sport have struck a deal to have the athletic body carry on with its national elections from April 30.

AK president Isaiah Kiplagat said on Wednesday they have agreed to a number of issues following a lengthy meeting, adding that the details will be presented in court on Thursday.

Kiplagat said the County elections will be held on April 30, followed by the regional and the national processes on May 7 and May 14 respectively. “We shall be in court tomorrow to present our agreement for it to give further direction,” said Kiplagat.

A Nairobi court issued a temporary injunction to AK elections that were to be held on April 15.  The order was issued by Nairobi resident magistrate Charity Kipkorir at the Milimani Courts following an application by Flair Kioko from Nairobi.

In his application, Kioko wanted the elections temporary stopped pending an inter party hearing that was to address several issues.

Kioko claimed that AK issued election guidelines, calling for polls from the County to Regional and then National level, which he claimed was against the constitution that states elections should start at the Ward, followed by the Sub County level.

Provide returning officers

Kioko also argued that the constitution and the new Sports Act calls for the involvement of the parent Ministry (now renamed Department of Sports, Culture and the Arts), which AK apparently ignored, going instead for the Ministry of Internal security, who were to provide Returning Officers.

Meanwhile, the AK has shelved its plans to have Kenyan trials for the men 10,000m or any other distance race being held outside the country after controversy hit the London Olympic trials that were held in Pre Fontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, where the 10,000m team was shortlisted.

Instead, Kiplagat said the process will now be held in the country during the national trials on July 11 to 13 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

At the same time, Kiplagat directed elite athletes to participate in the last two weekend meets due in Mumias this weekend and Nairobi next weekend to be eligible for selection to the World Championships in Moscow. The last weekend meet that was due for Eldoret was moved to Nairobi because of the current heavy rains being experienced in the Great Rift.

Most of these elite athletes are in the list of 58 probables that have attained Moscow qualifying time due to proceed for residential training next week in readiness for the Moscow Worlds.

Leading the vanguard of qualification are several world champions. They include the World 800m record holder, David Rudisha and 10,000m and 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot. Others are Asbel Kiprop(1,5000m) and Ezekiel Kemboi (3,000m steeplechase).

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