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Kinyua, Okeyo to remain in the coolers longer

Kenyan officials who were suspended by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will remain in the cooler a little longer.

IAAF President, Seb Coe said on Sunday the case involving the officials is ongoing and he cannot give any time lines on when their matter would be resolved.

“The matter is under investigations by the Independent Integrity Unit and investigations are also ongoing internationally and in Nairobi and I cannot give any time lines as to when that will end,” Lord Coe said while addressing a press conference inside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium shortly before the final sessions of the World Championships started.

Former President of Athletics Kenya, the late Isaiah Kiplagat, former vice president, David Okeyo and former treasurer, Joseph Kinyua were suspended in 2015 following accusations of subverting anti-doping procedures and diverting sponsorship money from Nike.

They were first suspended for six months, then another six months were added. Following the lapse of the second six-month, the matter has somehow gone quiet.

Lord Coe also said Africa has a great chance of staging a World Championships in future, he did not say when this would happen.

“I fulfilled a commitment I made to Africa to host a Diamond League within the six months of my presidency (Rabat swapped the DL with New York City). We recognise that Africa has a great potential and huge appetite for athletics competitions, which was proved in Nairobi last month,” said the president.

He said Nairobi recorded a crowd of 160,000 people in the final three days of the IAAF World Under 18 Championships. He said all that is needed is investment and development of the sport in the continent.

Lord Coe was accompanied by IAAF Chief Executive Officer, Olivier Gers, LOC Co-Chair Ed Warner, Director of LOC Niels de Vos and IAAF Executive member Jackie Brock-Doyle. He paid tribute to the LOC for a job well done and the fans for the atmosphere they created during the 10 days of the championships.

The president said the IAAF will continue strict testing process and that those countries on the watchlist will continue being monitored.

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