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We must not confuse a one-day event with our championships


    By John Kwoba

    NAIROBI Nike Vapormax Off White UK , April 6 (Xinhua) -- National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) chairman Kipchoge Keino said the country still has up to May 12 to pass legislation to conform with WADA Code to avoid possible ban from international competition.

    "Should Parliament pass the law, it will be reviewed and will be part and parcel of any subsequent decision made by World Anti-Doping Agency," said Keino.

    Speaking in Nairobi on Wednesday, the country' s Olympic boss said the country has failed twice to pass the law in Feb. 11 and April 5 and that Wada board will review the country' s progress in its meeting in Montreal, Canada on May 12.

    "We have done our part and have tried to push the government to adopt the new law. But we can' t do anything more to force parliament do what we want. The important thing is that youths of this country face uncertainty about their future and if we are not compliant we will be banned Air Jordan 1 Off White UK ," said Keino, Wednesday in Nairobi.

    In February, Kenya case was referred to the WADA' s Independent Compliance Review Committee for non-compliance and it said it will review the case in May.

    The committee will present its report to WADA board on May 12 and hopefully, Kenya will have met its recommendations.

    Alongside Kenya enacting the anti-doping legislation, the government is also supposed to set up an office and provide up to 5 million U.S. dollars to the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).

    Already the staff for the agency have been seconded to its secretariat in Nairobi.

    "That committee will provide its recommendation to the WADA Foundation Board for decision at its next Board meeting in Montreal on 12th May. We will therefore not be communicating on this until a decision is taken by the Board at that time Nike Air Presto Off White UK ," WADA said in a statement to the media.

    Wada has indicated it will still consider any information provided to its board before that May 12 meeting.

    Jasper Rugut, the ADAK Boss has since allayed fears that the country would be banned from the Rio Olympics saying that in May Kenya will be having an Anti-Doping law and will have met all the requirements set by WADA.

    Kenya was put on the surveillance list after 43 athletes tested positive since the London 2012 Olympics, two of them at the Beijing World Championships in September last year.

    However, Sports Minister Hassan Wario has maintained that they are doing everything possible to attain the set standard.

    Despite missing the deadline to pass new legislation, Athletics Kenya acting president Jackson Tuwei believes the organisation has done enough to avoid serious sanctions Nike Blazer Off White UK , including a possible international ban. Enditem

    Seb Coe in 2012 Photo: CFP

    When British Seb Coe was at the peak of his powers in the 1980s, athletics attracted huge TV audiences and often dominated the back pages of newspapers around the world.

    Thirty years on, the sport is fighting to make a connection with the next generation.

    Although it remains the centerpiece of the Olympic Games, beyond that four-yearly celebration athletics is on the wane and, if it were not for the giant presence of Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt Nike Air Force 1 Off White UK , it would be in real trouble.

    A dire shortage of recognizable personalities, an ageing audience, a confusing calendar, a continuing struggle to attract interest in the United States and the dark shadow of doping has left athletics fighting for a foothold in an ever more crowded sporting and leisure landscape.

    None of this is news to those who run the sport but Coe, who launched his campaign to become president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Wednesday Nike Air Max 90 Off White UK , recognizes the need for remedial action is urgent.

    "From the moment I joined an athletics club I was hooked for life but I am not hermetically sealed in the past," he said.

    "There is much to celebrate, protect and nourish but also much that needs to change. There is a fundamental concern about where our next generation of spectators, TV viewers, competitors and coaches will come from.

    "Despite many well-intentioned initiatives we have struggled to excite young people and articulate why athletics matters to them. This is unsustainable."

    Such an admission is hard for a man for whom almost his entire life has been based around running.

    Inspired by the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games Off White Nike UK , Coe honed his talent on the municipal tracks, hills and roads of south Yorkshire, as, coached by his father Peter, he developed into the most formidable middle distance runner on the planet.

    A clutch of world records and back-to-back 1 Nike Air Presto Uncaged UK ,500-meter Olympic gold medals, as well as an intense and productive rivalry with fellow Briton Steve Ovett, propelled him to the top of the country's sporting tree.

    Ironically though, for a man who routinely dodged Ovett outside of major championship races, one of the issues that Coe has with the sport in the 21st century is its lack of the head-to-head showdowns that fans love.

    Bolt Nike Presto Ultra Flyknit UK , for example, carefully plans his calendar in a bid to maintain his unbeaten records and fans turning up or tuning in for a Diamond League meeting will often find him running in the 200 meters if the cream of the world's sprinting crop are lining up over 100.

    It also hardly helps develop global appeal when half or more of an international field line up to race in identical sponsors' kit.

    "We have to address that - in fact we were discussing exactly that issue in the council meeting last week," Coe told Reuters.

    "We must not confuse a one-day event with our championships, but it is all about presentation if we want young people to engage in our sport."

    Coe will fight tooth and nail to protect the position of athletics within the Olympic movement but he accepts that the mass of activity on and around the track can be hugely confusing to the uninitiated and sa. Cheap Jerseys   Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping   Cheap NFL Jerseys China   Cheap NBA Jerseys   Cheap College Jerseys China   Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys   Wholesale Jerseys   Wholesale Jerseys   Cheap Sports Jerseys   Cheap Football Jerseys China  

      June 1, 2018 9:13 PM MDT