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Athletics Kenya (AK) on Thursday lambasted a decision by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to scrap the 5,000 metres from the Diamond League programme as “illegitimate”.

Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes have dominated the middle and long-distance running events, including the 5,000m, since the 1968 Mexico Olympic games.

On Monday, the IAAF said it had approved major changes to Diamond League events in a bid to revitalise the format, including reducing the number of events.

From next year, the longest distance track race in a Diamond League meeting will be 3,000m.

The IAAF has also decided to scrap the men’s and women’s 10,000m and women’s 5,000m races from the 2020 IAAF World Under-20 championships to be hosted in Nairobi.

“The move is illegitimate and ostensibly targets African nations,” AK committee member Barnabas Korir wrote in his weekly column for the Daily Nation newspaper.

“The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) must protect us from this calculated move to kill athletics on the continent in the guise of ‘tailor-making events for television’.”

AK chief Jackson Tuwei told the Daily Nation the move was “totally unfair to our athletes” and he would raise the issue at the African Athletics Confederation (AAC) Congress in Abidjan next month.

Jon Ridgeon, the British former sprint hurdler who has chaired a working group looking at the Diamond League reforms, admitted “change is never easy”.





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The Standard – Kenya: Burundi make history, qualify for first ever AFCON as Aubameyang’s Gabon crash out | The Standard

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Burundi qualified for the African Cup of Nations finals for the first time as they kept Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in check to get the point they needed in a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

While Burundi needed only to draw, visitors Gabon, who hosted the last finals in 2017, had to win in Bujumbura to join Group C winners Mali in the expanded 24-team finals in Egypt in June and July.

Burundi join Madagascar and Mauritania as countries going to the finals for the first time and their achievement sparked wild celebrations in the tiny east African country.

Burundi were kept at bay repeatedly throughout the match by the heroics of Gabon’s veteran goalkeeper Didier Ovono before Cedric Amissi finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute.

Yet celebrations were kept on hold until the final whistle as Gabon equalised with eight minutes to go when Burundi defender Omar Ngandu turned the ball into his own net.

Gabon’s Arsenal striker Aubameyang had a largely quiet afternoon and they were unable to get the second goal they needed to reach the finals instead.

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Ghana defeat Kenya 1-0 in AFCON 2019 qualifiers ▷ Kenya News

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Ghana beat Kenya 1-0 in a tough Africa Cup of Nations Group F qualifier, played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday, March 23.

Kwesi Appiah fielded an exceptionally strong team that was tasked with seeking revenge on the Kenyans for their first leg 1-0 defeat in Nairobi.

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Kwesi Appiah fielded an exceptionally strong team that was tasked with seeking revenge on the Kenyans for their first leg 1-0 defeat in Nairobi.
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The tie witnessed no goals in the first half as both teams struggled to take full charge of the game with the Black Stars dominating possession in most of the encounter.

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Caleb Ekuban was on target for Ghana in the 83rd minuted and slotted home the opener to make it 1-0 against the visitors.

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Having both sealed qualification to Egypt, both teams played for first position in the group and it was the Black Stars that emerged victorious.

Kenya now shift to second place while Ghana’s hard earned three points secure them first place in Group F after the tough encounter.

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