• Kibet, Simiyu painfully wait for Doha ticket
September 14, 2019
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 13 – Despite coming first and second in the 5,000m respectively at the national trials, Youngsters Michael Kibet and Daniel Simiyu will have an anxious wait over the next three days to know whether or not their dream of representing Kenya at the IAAF World Championship will come to pass.
The two are yet to be included in the final Kenyan team to Doha due to strict anti-doping procedures meted on Kenya which remains to be on the World Anti-Doping Agency international watch list.
Sheila Chelang’at who came third in the women’s 5,000m is also facing the same situation with only defending champion Hellen Obiri, Lilian Kasait and Margaret Chelimo named in the team.
According to regulations by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), an athlete can only be allowed to compete at an IAAF event if they have undergone at least three doping tests including one out of competition.
This is a requirement that both have not fulfilled with Simiyu, a huge surprise in the final where he came second, having undergone only one, during the national championships.
“Kenya has so many athletes and sometimes it is very difficult to follow them but we have been working closely with ADAK and AIU to make sure we reach all of them and they meet the requirements,” Athletics Kenya official Barnabas Korir told Capital Sport.
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