Athletes Representatives managing Kenyan athletes have endorsed the newly initiated Kenya Doctors Network among other issues discussed during their annual meeting with Athletics Kenya Executive Members in Nairobi on Friday.
The 33 out of the registered 39 Managers also accepted the proposal by Athletics Kenya to have their meeting biannually instead of annually as it has been the case.
During the Meeting held at Weston Hotel on the eve National Cross country Championships, the Athlete Representatives, sanctioned by International Association of Athletics Federation and Athletics Kenya, supported measures fronted by the federation and the Government to curb infringement during competitions.
Athletics Kenya President Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei reiterated the federation’s commitment to ensure clean and honest competition among Kenyans athletes and asked for closer cooperation with the agents.
“We had an interactive session with our Athletics Representatives from across the globe and tackled a number of issues including Kenya Doctors Network, the events in our sporting calendar, athletes’ contracts, registration of athletes and other development issues concerning our athletes,” reported the President after the meeting, acknowledging the input of the agents.
On their part, the managers, mainly managing elite athletes in Kenya, put to notice rogue managers who have been entering Kenyans athletes in competitions without being sanctioned by Athletics Kenya and threatened to expose them.
They equally requested the government to allow athletes coming back from races abroad to bring in their training equipment saying many are being frustrated by custom officials at the Airport yet they need the kits for their training and competitions.
Ezekiel Kemboi, who is a Member of IAAF Athletes’ Commission and David Rudisha, the Confederation of Africa Athletics President cautioned local athletes against working with unlicensed Managers to guard against exploitation.
The meeting was also addressed by Senior Vice President Paul Mutwii, Vice President Jinaro Kibet, Acting Chief Executive Officer Susan Kamau and Executive Members Barnabas Korir and Evans Bosire.