AK releases tough guidelines for national trials

Sprinter Rukia Nusra training in 110M Hurdles ahead of Africa Championships at The Nyayo National stadium on Monday, May 30, 2022. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

National running governing body Athletics Kenya (AK) yesterday issued stiffer guidelines ahead of tomorrow’s national trials for the World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

The guidelines are based on the World Athletics anti-doping rules imposed on member federations depending on the categorization of doping risks.

“According to World Athletics rule 15.3.3, Kenya is still ranked in Category A, meaning we have high risks of doping cases. Therefore, we must comply with these regulations as we select a team for the Oregon World Championships which is slated for July 14-25,” AK president Jackson Tuwei said.

The requirements for event states that, it’s an invite only, athletes must have gained time qualification standard, athletes must meet the anti-doping conditions, the athletes are required to make a commitment that they will double for the two events; World Championships and Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

The athletes will be picked based on 1-2 across the line, and the selection of the third athletes will be a subject of the panel of selectors while other runners will be picked on wild card basis.

“Athletes for the World Championships and Commonwealth Games will run together and if Commonwealth Games qualified athletes win in position one and two, a World Championship qualifier comes outside one and two, the anti-doping and qualifying rules takes precedence,” Tuwei said.

For each event at the world athletics championships, each federation (country) is allowed to enter up to three athletes.

In addition to these, wild card entries are reserved only for reigning world champions and winners of certain high-priority athletics events. 

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