His race in Puerto Rico last weekend is the center of controversy.
One of Kenya’s best cross-country runners is in big trouble at home. Last weekend, Leonard Komon defied an Athletics Kenya ban on international competitions for its squad leading up to the World Cross Country Championships later this month in Spain. Komon took part in the World’s Best 10K in San Juan Puerto Rico.
He says his trip was sanctioned by his coach David Leting and Athletics Kenya secretary general David Okeyo.“After the trials Okeyo who took me to coach Leting and both agreed to allow me to travel. They knew I had signed a contract with the race organisers which I had to honour,” said Komon.
Joseph Kinyua, the head of Athletics Kenya’s delegation will have none of that.
“You cannot run a 10km road race on tarmac and again want to run for Kenya in cross country,” he explained. “I do not know who sanctioned him to travel, but we cannot allow that. Otherwise we will be setting as a bad precedence for the future.”
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