Kenya: AK Puts Age Cheats On Red Alert

Athletics Kenya (AK) have warned athletes and coaches of severe consequences if they engage in age-cheating during the national pre-trials for the 2021 World Under-20 Championships at the Nyayo National Stadium on Friday.

AK director for youth and development, Barnaba Korir said they have enriched their data base for the athletes sourced from the camps as well as secondary and primary schools.

A total of 502 juniors drawn from 24 under-20 camps across the country have been invited for the two-day time trials as AK targets to select probables who will receive specialised training ahead of the final trials due April next year.

Kenya will stage the rescheduled World Under-20 Championships from August 17 to 22 next year at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. The junior event has been planned from July 7 to 12 this year but later postponed after the outbreak of Covid-19.

“The date will enable us to compare and get the exact ages of the athletes and anybody entering an athlete with doctored ages will be smoked out during the vetting,” warned Korir.

Korir explained that those athletes who are not attached to any camp or school but have been selected for the inter-camps pre-trials will need to present their authentic birth certificates or baptism cards.

“We have qualified officers who will handle the vetting and severe consequences await those who will try to corrupt their way through,” said Korir adding that they have a database for 2,000 junior athletes which will make it easy for them for verification.

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