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 Kenya Bans Top Runner From Competition
Submitted by Rickshaw :: Mon Feb 28, 2005 10:58 am
Athletics Kenya has banned one of its best runners from all competition for the remainder of 2005. Susan Chepkemei is a two time silver medalist at the world half-marathon championships, and also a formiddale marathoner, having finished just seconds behind Paula Radcliffe at last fall's New York Marathon. Chepkemei failed to show up for the start of Kenya's national cross country training camp last week. Speculation is that after being denied permission to compete in an overseas race during the weekend, she went AWOL. Chepkemei has not offered any explanation for her absence and her whereabouts are currently unknown.

It's interesting to contrast the conditions of athletes in countries like Kenya and China, where their schedules are tightly controlled, to other nations where the athletes are mostly free to compete as they choose. Chepkemei was scheduled to compete in April's London Marathon, so this will certainly hurt Kenya's performance there. Athletics Kenya apparently felt that their actions were necessary to ensure that athletes comply with their rules and work as a national team rather than as individuals.



OldManRunner
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Re: Kenya Bans Top Runner From Competition Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:19 am 

I wonder if this "ban" could somehow truly prevent her from competing in 2005, or if it only prevents her from representing Kenya? The article makes it sound like a total ban, but I don't know how they would make such a thing stick.

Bricks
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Re: Kenya Bans Top Runner From Competition Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:26 pm 

I'd be curious to know. She was supposed to run London for a rematch with Radcliff. That's not a team event like the XC championships though...

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Chepkemei Reinstated Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 1:30 pm 

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/gen/wire?messageId=29185501

The ban on star Kenyan distance runner Susan Chepkemei was lifted Wednesday, three days after she failed to report on time to the national team's training camp.

Chepkemei, the New York City Marathon runner-up last year, was reinstated to the Kenyan team for this month's world cross country championships in France.

Athletics Kenya banned Chepkemei on Monday for reporting late to camp because she competed in a race in Puerto Rico. Isaiah Kiplagat, chairman of the country's track and field federation, said Chepkemei apologized.

``Whether she'll make it to France will depend on the coaches,'' Kiplagat said.

Chepkemei finished third Sunday in the World's Best 10-kilometer in Puerto Rico.

``I'm happy for what the AK have done for me, and I'm now looking forward to run in the world cross country and in the London Marathon,'' Chepkemei told The Associated Press.


Rickshaw
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Re: Chepkemei Reinstated Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:51 pm 

Wow, Atheltica Kenya has now proved they have no bite whatsoever. Just days ago they said they wanted to make an example of Chepkemei. Now they reinstate her after she says she's sorry. Hmm.

Rickshaw
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Re: Chepkemei Reinstated Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:32 am 

Another update: although Athletics Kenya has reinstated Chepkemei, they've still dropped her from the world cross country championships team. Strange...

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/03/04/sports/s080410S29.DTL


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