The simmering Athletics Kenya (AK) politics came to the fore on Saturday during the Baringo Half Marathon in Kabarnet when officials from Central Rift Valley offered their support to chairman Isaiah Kiplagat.
The AK supremo, however, side-stepped the issue instead dwelling on the doping issues that have clouded marathoner Rita Jeptoo.
“We are still in a state of shock and we would not speak more about that issue. It is a sensitive matter that should be addressed urgently. We shall meet the affected parties and we are issuing a warning to any agent who will be found culpable of abetting and influencing local athletes into doping. They will be dealt with seriously,” said Kiplagat.
The marathon event was also given a wide berth by local branch officials, a few days after they had given the national office an ultimatum to call a meeting that could in the end make or break the association.
“I have been at the helm of the association for 22 years and I will not be distracted from the agenda that we have for athletics in this country. For those with ambitions to lead the associations, they should bid their time and wait for the right time. I am here to stay for the time being,” added Kiplagat.