Project in Russia is Closed
team finally abandoned the idea of
naturalization Kenyan runners, one of
which last year won the national championship in the
distance of 5000 m.
order of dismissal of four Kenyans - Amos tents, Evans
Kiplagat, Isaac, and Nicholas Kipkemboi Chepseby, from
among the students of the Volga Region Academy of
Physical Culture put an end to the project, which
lasted three years. And, we are talking about the
need for such an experiment any longer too
inconclusive results were Russians in the medium and
from Kenya, he is now all over the world under various
flags, so why Russia did not take advantage of their
help? Of the four who came to us, the greatest
interest from the sports point of view represented by
tents. Last summer, he became national champion
in the women's 5,000 meters, beating nearest rival
more than 15 seconds. Prior to the implementation
of the standard for the World Championships in Beijing
Kenyan did not have less than a second. Although
to go there as part of our team in any case he could
not because of lack of citizenship.
project with the involvement of Kenyan runners under
the flag of the Russian team from the start did not go
as planned. The outbreak in Kazan study plus
acclimatization led to what is in his first season
Kenyans look even weaker than their Russian
colleagues. Immediately there was talk that these
athletes are not required. And the Kenyans had to
urgently take a sabbatical and return home.
trained in a familiar environment, already next year
Kenyans looked far more interesting.Kipkemboi Chepseba
and dropped out of the project due to inconclusive
results, but the other two were fixed at least in the
number of winners of Russian competitions. And
the tents could even set the national record in the
women's 10,000 meters - although officially it
counted, of course, was not.
runners initially reacted to the invitation of Kenyans
skeptical. And the definition of
"grains" have their doubts: if the project
failed, Kenyans would have taken the place of
indigenous Russians in our team. But the transfer
of experience and picked up our class stayers out of
the question. Kenyans lived and trained at the
mountain base at home and came to Russia only on the
new leadership of the All-Russian Athletics Federation
(ARAF) in the present circumstances has decided to
close the project. Our country is carrying a
decent spending on tuition and residence of Kenyan
runners, despite the fact that the Olympic prospects
of the entire team in question. What sense to
fund athletes and carry out a complex change of
nationality procedure if it is not clear when they
will be able to act in the international arena?
of course, become a definite loss to the team in terms
of sports. But the International Federation (IAAF),
and foreign journalists have been inflicted on the
Russian track and field so powerful blows that the
departure of a pair of Africans - less
"evil", which is only now could happen.
have wonderful memories of RUSSIA"
manager of Kenyan runners Valentine Fedyushin said
it is not averse to repeat the experiment with the
naturalization of Africans in Russia in the future.
Why four Kenyans went home?
Russian team is now in a difficult situation: there
are sanctions, it is not known whether the athletes
will be performing at the Olympic Games. There
are difficulties both politically and
financially.Therefore, the new leadership of the
federation decided that the project naturalization
Kenyan runners today is not relevant.
But they do not have much left before graduation. Maybe
worth already finish my studies?
Guys year were at the preparatory department, which
has been successfully completed. And then took a
sabbatical to prepare for the Olympics. That is,
they were still three or four years, no less. But
once the project is closed, and to pay for his studies
is now no sense. Hence the deduction.
How do these guys apprehended event? For them
now, apparently, even in plus avoid international
sanctions that would impose a gun on them Russian
Guys are actually three years old and so were under
sanctions. We waited all this time Russian
citizenship, and did not wait. Although it was
very real, in December, we have been invited to submit
the documents. But one of Tatarstan to resolve
this issue will not without the support of the
Federation. It was a great time for all kids
wonderful memories of Russia, have friends in Kazan.
What are "Russian" Kenyans are now plans,
they will continue to run?
course there are, but this is the next page in their
You are ready after the Olympics in Rio again to
return to the subject of naturalization of African
runners in Russia?
sorry that this project will not happen at the right
time. Because prospects had been remarkable. If
Russia would be interested, I am ready to go back to
the discussion of a similar project, but with the
leader of the Russian national marathon bronze
medalist of the European Championship Alexey
Reunkov said that the departure of Kenyans is
not a big loss for the national athletics.
was initially against the project, - Reunkov said. -
We have our own way, and do not compare Russia with
the European countries, where people from Africa come
from poverty and gradually naturalized.When the
Kenyans will perform, then it just kills the interest
in running endurance in the Russian team.At us and so
with this problem, and the children do not want to go
to section ...
It was assumed that the Kenyans will be the
"locomotive" and help you to the next level
and Russian runners.
Kenyans trained at home and came to the competition
only. Nothing sounded original - supposedly they
will work together with everyone, we have not seen. I
think that would be better received on the contrary -
have created an experimental group of Russian runners
and we have organized camp in Kenya.
Would you agree to take part in such an experiment?
think yes. I would be interested to see how the
train leading runners in the world.