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Friday, July 29, 2005

IAAF orders investigation into Bahrain's Athletes (ex-Kenyans') ages

World athletics chiefs have ordered a probe into the ages of two ex-Kenyans now running for Bahrain. Taker Tareq Mubarak, formerly Dennis Kipkurui, and Ali Belal Mansoor, formerly John Yego, are said to have cheated about their ages to represent the Gulf state at the world youth championships which ended last week in Morocco.

(Isaiah Kiplagat, Chairman Ahletics Kenya)

"It appears that both athletes were Kenyans earlier, therefore we ask you to provide all relevant information about them," Istvan Gyulai, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) general secretary told Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat.

(Tareq Mubarak Taher of Bahrein sets a new World Youth Record in the 2000m Steeplechase)

Mubarak (Dennis) won the 2,000 meters steeplechase gold. Mansoor (John) was successful in the 1,500 meters. Press reports point to a five-year age discrepancy in Mubarak's case. The two men could not be reached for comment. Their cases are expected to be discussed at an IAAF Council meeting in Helsinki on August 3-4. An increasing number of Kenyan athletes, tempted by lucrative contracts, have been switching to Qatar or Bahrain, prompting concern among officials.

Source: Xinhua News Agency | reBlogged By: News Blog re-Blog
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