Poor timing of Olympic training camp will cost us, say Kenyan athletes

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    Athletes have snubbed the training camp set up by Athletics Kenya in Eldoret, instead accusing the national federation of poor planning ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

    Some of the athletes required to have reported to camp said Kenya’s rivals, including Ethiopia, had set up their camps more than six months ago, and it would be difficult for Kenyan runners to compete effectively in Beijing.

    One of the athletes, Olympics steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi, said he had opted to train at Moi University’s Chepkoilel campus after reporting and finding nobody at the High Performance Training Camp in Eldoret.

    By Wednesday, only Asbel Kiprop, Ruth Bosibori and Sylvia Kibet had reported to the camp run by the International Olympics Committee (IOC).

    Kemboi said constituting the camp three weeks to the national trials for the Beijing Olympics did not augur well with athletes.

    “The camp should have been set up in March or April, but since it is almost June, nothing much will be achieved from the hurried camp,” he said. “I have reported to the camp but I cannot stay there while there is nobody,” he said.

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