Athletics Kenya (AK) Athletes’ Annual Conference has kicked off in Eldoret today. Over 300 athletes have converged for the second edition of the AK conference which will run through to December 7 at Sirikwa Hotel, Eldoret.
The four-day invite-only conference, which is themed ‘I choose Integrity’ is being conducted by IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), together with Anti-Doping Agency Kenya (ADAK) and AK.
Today’s session is dedicated to road runners and marathoners and has been graced by World marathon record-holders Eliud Kipchoge EGH and Brigid Kosgei. The Marathon and road runners’ doping session precedes the main three-day event featuring track and field stars.
Apart from Olympic probables in the 42km, invited marathon and roadrunners will only have a one-day session.
According to AK, the event is mandatory for the invited athletes “failure to which there will be consequences”.
Apart from marathoners and road racers, the conference features youths, juniors and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games probables.
AK will use the conference as a first step towards 2020 Olympic Games preparations as required by World Athletics, previously known as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) with the main topic for discussion being anti-doping and advise on the best way to remain and compete clean.
Other areas of discussion will include ethics, investment, taxation and athlete-media relations.