Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Changes loom as Athletics Kenya heads to elections

By AYUMBA AYODI [email protected]

This year’s Athletics Kenya elections set for February 20 are expected to usher in several changes at the association.

Under AK’s new constitution, the elections will usher in new structures that will take effect immediately, AK Secretary-General David Okeyo disclosed on Wednesday.

In readiness for the polls, Okeyo said the campaign to register new members ended on December 31 and that a committee in charge of the process was compiling a final list.

“The committee will file its report at a national executive committee meeting due next week for us to see whether the tentative date will hold,” said Okeyo.

Okeyo said AK’s 12 branches and four affiliates have been informed about the elections date.

Positions to be contested

With the new constitution coming to effect, the positions out for grabs include that of the president, four vice presidents one of which must be a woman, treasurer, assistant treasurer, public relations officer and three committee members.

Okeyo said the position of the association’s chief executive officer and the technical director will be re-advertised on January 14.

Also to be advertised is the position of marketing and communications director. Okeyo said it’s their wish to have a permanent technical director  after Julius Kirwa who held the position with the assistance of Steven Mwaniki were all recalled by the Kenya Defence Forces and Kenya Prisons respectively.

Okeyo also said a tentative squad of 30 athletes will be selected upon conclusion of the AK/KCB Cross Country Series this Saturday in Kericho.

The squad will proceed to camp either in Eldoret or Nairobi ahead of the National Cross Championships-cum-trials on February 16 at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi.

Vice president Paul Mutwii will oversee the camp alongside coaches Dan Muchoki, Sammy Rono and Steven Mwaniki who will monitor the athletes.

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