Thursday, February 26, 2004

Kenya: athletes who switched citizenship not allowed to run

Remember that story from last summer's World Championships in Paris ... about the Kenyan steeplechase runner who took on Qatari citizenship and won the medal for that country ....

There was some question as to why he was allowed to run because according to the rules, unless an athlete is given permission by his country of birth, he must wait three years before competing for his adopted country ...

It appears that Athletics Kenya is now availing itself of this rule ...
Leonard Mucheru and Abel Cheruiyot, who switched citizenship from Kenya to Bahrain last year, have been barred from representing the Gulf state at next month’s world indoor and world cross-country championships.

... "Mucheru competed for Kenya in the (2003) Birmingham world indoors. Cheruiyot competed for Kenya in the 2002 world cross country championships, which means that they would be eligible three years after these dates respectively," Davies said.