Athletics Kenya probing three agents

Friday February 17 2017

German national Volker Wagner at the Weston hotel on February 17, 2017 where he was attending the annual Athletics Kenya (AK) meeting with all registered agents. Wagner is among three athletes’ managers being investigated by Athletics Kenya for allegedly mistreating Kenyan runners. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |

German national Volker Wagner at the Weston hotel on February 17, 2017 where he was attending the annual Athletics Kenya (AK) meeting with all registered agents. Wagner is among three athletes’ managers being investigated by Athletics Kenya for allegedly mistreating Kenyan runners. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By AYUMBA AYODI
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Former Boston Marathon champion Lameck Aguta is among three athletes’ managers being investigated by Athletics Kenya for allegedly mistreating Kenyan runners.

Aguta, who won the 101st Boston Marathon in 1997, has been accused alongside US-based compatriot Isaac Nyambega and German national Volker Wagner of mistreating athletes among other malpractices.

Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei said on Friday that more details are coming through after complaints from agents and athletes “which warrants more investigations.”

Nyabega was previously a coach in Nyamira County while Wagner has been handling Kenyan runners for decades.

“We have more serious allegations and evidence coming through against two of them,” Tuwei said on Friday after AK’s annual meeting with all registered agents in Nairobi.

“It’s more serious that we thought hence we must finalise our investigations before knowing what to do with them.

“These managers have been accused of failing to pay athletes, mistreatment and failure to meet certain regulations.”

Tuwei said that they have convened a meeting with the three agents next week to find the way forward, adding that Friday’s meeting discussed at length the conduct of the managers who are operating inside and outside Kenya.

He said they are talking to athletes and their managers to draft a list of the rogue managers which they will forward to the International Association of Athletics Federations for action.

He added that they interviewed eight applicants seeking to become athletes’ representatives at a meeting on Thursday and only one failed the test.