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AK concerned by busy schedule

12 February 2015, 13:00

Nairobi - Athletics Kenya could field two completely different teams at the upcoming IAAF World Championship in Beijing, China and the All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo.

The events will run almost back to back this year, with the World Championships taking place from 22 to 30 August and the All Africa Games running from 3 to 18 September.

David Okeyo, AK’s vice chairman, said a similar situation took place in 2014, when the Commonwealth Games took place from 23 July to 3 August in Glasgow, Scotland and the African Championships were held on 13 and 14 September 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco.

“You saw what happened last year. The events were too close to each other and our athletes really suffered running from one championship to the other. We will consult widely and look at the best way of handling the matter,” Okeyo told the Star newspaper.

“We are an athletic power not only on the continent but in the world. If we send a weak team we will be criticised but as we go along we will choose a very strong team for the African event”

“It’s a tall order for any athlete to run in Beijing probably go through the heats and make it to the final then fly all the way to Congo and run. It’s not easy. These are human beings. We must not burn them out.”

Kenya still managed to claim 25 medals at both the Commonwealth Games (ten gold, ten silver and five bronze) and African Champions (seven gold, eight silver and ten bronze).

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