Rudisha to return to training by December 1
14 November 2013, 08:27
Nairobi - World 800m record holder David Rudisha expects to return to training in three weeks time after fully recovering from a knee injury, which he picked in training.
Rudisha, who is also the Olympics 800m Champion (1:40.91), has been out since June. However, he is ready to make a return, but warned it will be a while before he strikes his past form that has seen him break the world record three times.
"I plan to start light training by Dec. 1. Slow and nice it will be. I want to ease into the running mood without much hustle, " said Rudisha Wednesday in Nairobi.
"I will be starting from Zero and there is too much ground to cover before I can say am back. Injuries have a way of humbling athletes and I will take one day at a time as I go through my training, Rudisha said.
"The rehabilitation has been nice. It has however left me in and out of Kenya to Germany treatment and now, I can say the worst is over and it is just a matter of weeks before I return to training."
And just like the previous seasons, Rudisha intends to go down and under in Australia by February to kick start his season, running a in a few races in Melbourne and Sydney.
"The plan is to ease back into training and see how the body responds. We will take it slowly and hopefully by February, I plan to move my camp to Australia," he said.
"But that does not mean that training here in Kenya is bad. In fact the best places to train is in Iten and Ngong and I will miss the atmosphere there. But the programme I have with my manager is to move to Australia and see how I will do in competition."
Rudisha however, was categorical, there will be no 400m races for him this year.
"I will only focus on the 800m races. To run in 400m will demand to much in training and because I ma just coming from injury, I will want to be reserved. So I will only compete in 800m races," he said.
At the same time, Rudisha said he supports Kenya government efforts to unearth the root cause of alleged doping in the country.
Rudisha is concerned by the influx of doping cases in the country where about 7 athletes were nabbed doping this year alone.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario named Professor Moni Wekesa to lead the 12-member committee, which has a 60-day working period to table a report on the infamous doping allegations that was brought to the fore by Germany TV.
"It is sad, and the faster they tackle this problem the better. It is wrong to think all 42 million Kenyans are cheats. We train hard to achieve what we have on the global stage. But of course there are some athletes who will want a short cut.
"They are maybe forced to do it by others people inspired by greed to reap where they have not sowed. Sport is a noble profession and should be respected because it brings all types of people together, "Rudisha said.
"We should not soil it with use of drugs and banned substances to boost our performances. Doing that will be killing sports."
A year ago, the World Anti-Doping Agency asked Kenya to investigate doping cases after an undercover German television journalist reported that the blood-boosting drug EPO and other doping products were readily available to local athletes.
Moni Wekesa team will also investigate the involvement of person or persons in the administration or the supply of drugs to the athletes and assess the true extent of doping and the availability of banned substances. Since January 2012, increased doping tests have netted 17 Kenyan cheats.
"The irony of the matter is that most of those caught are average athletes trying to carve a niche in athletics. Most top athletes are clean, they are tested regularly. But it is a wake-up call.
"I have broken the 800m record severally without any influence. I have to tell the upcoming athletes that they need to be patient, put a lot in training and wait for the result. Whatever the outcome they should be satisfied by it," said Rudisha.
World 1,500m Champion Asbel Kiprop said the task force must go to the grassroots and get evidence, which is available and have the government, implement whatever recommendations they come up with.
"It is the right thing that we wanted. The task force must interact with athletes at grassroot and know how to control it. We need to keep the sport clean," he said.