Behind the scenes in Zurich, Fifa elections 2016


Scandal-hit FIFA has a new president -- and his name is Gianni Infantino.

World football's governing body elected the Swiss-Italian lawyer in Zurich Friday after he defeated nearest rival Bahrain's Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa in the second round of voting.

Infantino, 45, succeeds Sepp Blatter, who stepped down last year with the organization mired in allegations of corruption and wrongdoing.

General secretary of European governing body UEFA, Infantino won the first round of voting but without the necessary two-third majority to secure an immediate victory.

He received 88 of the 207 votes with Sheikh Salman three behind on 85. Prince Ali gained 27 and Jerome Champagne, a former French diplomat who had previously worked for FIFA.

However, in the second round of voting, Infantino secured 115 votes -- 27 ahead of Salman -- to claim victory.

Infantino takes over at a time where FIFA is enduring one of the most difficult periods in its 112-year history.

The Swiss authorities are investigating the bidding process surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups while numerous officials have been indicted in the U.S over allegations of racketeering and money laundering.

Kenya National swimming Gala to go down at Kasarani aquatic stadium


The annual Kenya Swimming Federation Long Course National Age Group and Open Championship will be held at the Kasarani Aquatic Stadium, Nairobi, over the weekend.

The event had the young men and women arrive at the Kasarani Stadion Hotel as from thursday midday for prior preparations to the epic event which is estimated to take four-five days i.e 24th- 28th Feb.
KSF has stated that it is expecting a registration of 2000 participants from all over the country,including mombasa.kisumu and kampala,Uganda.
The event will be used to select representatives to the upcomintg CANA ZONE 3 & 4 swimming Championship which will be held in Mauritius, April TBA.

WADA AND IAAF confirm dope allegations


The pressure on Athletics Kenya intensified further on Tuesday as the IAAF revealed it had been investigating alleged doping cover-ups in the country since March. The IAAF’s admission came just hours after Dick Pound, who led the damning Independent Commission report into Russian athletics, also warned “a lot of performance-enhancing drugs” were being used in Kenya.

Athletics’ world governing body confirmed that its Ethics Commission, which is to publish a report into the alleged corrupt behaviour of several former members of the International Association of Athletics Federations next month, is investigating the African country. “An IAAF staff member referred allegations of the covering up of doping in Kenya to the IAAF Ethics Commission in March of 2015,” the federation admitted.

Meanwhile Pound has claimed the problems in Kenya are not only a concern for the World Anti-Doping Agency but should worry every endurance athlete. “It is pretty clear that Kenya have enjoyed huge success in the endurance events and it is also pretty clear that there is a lot of performance-enhancing drugs being used in Kenya,” he said. “That should be a matter of concern for athletes. It certainly is a matter of concern to Wada. And it should be a concern anyone participating in those events.”

Pound’s comments follow those of the Kenyan Olympic Committee chairman, Kipchoge Keino, who warned last week that Wada was “seriously considering” banning Kenya from track and field for four years. There have also been rumours that unnamed marathon runners have paid bribes to avoid serving doping bans.

Detectives have also questioned three of the most senior officials at Athletics Kenya – Isaiah Kiplagat, the chairman, David Okeyo, the vice-president, and Joseph Kinyua, its former treasurer – over claims they pocketed close to $700,000 from Nike, an accusation the sportswear manufacturer has strongly denied. Okeyo, who sits on the IAAF’s 26-person ruling council, and Kiplagat have denied the allegations, which they claim were made by a disgruntled former employee.

Nick Mwendwa Floors the Big wigs to clench the FKF presidential Post


Mwendwa, floored other bigwigs like Gor Mahia chairman and incumbent Sam Nyamweya, former international Sammy Sholei,Dan Shikanda and Ambrose Rachier among others to win. Nick Mwendwa, 37, chairman of Kariobangi Sharks, bagged the FKF President's seat after garnering 50 votes out of the possible 77 closely followed by Rachier with 27votes. Using the trending hashtag #FKFElections, they also expressed their desires on what Nick Mwendwa should do to bring sanity and professionalism in the Kenyan football as they also wished him good luck.
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IAAF under fire over allegations of enabling and covering doping


IAAF president Sebastian Coe faces a huge challenge to restore public trust in the organisation after his predecessor, Lamine Diack, was accused of "organising and enabling conspiracy and corruption" within athletics' governing body on another dark day for the sport.

The second part of a report by an independent commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was published on Thursday, with one of the conclusions being that the highest levels of the IAAF Council must have known about the extent of doping.

Athletics' reputation was severely tarnished last November when the first part of the report made allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia, which led to the IAAF suspending Russian athletes from competition.

Safaricom International jazz festival at Kasarani Stadium


21st .February. 2016

This year’s Safaricom International Jazz Festival started with a bang with three time Grammy Award winning Branford Marsalis gracing our stage on the 21st of February 2016. He wasn’t the only act, with additional performances from Jef Neve, Giampaolo Nuti & Francesco D’Orazio, Maya Beltsitzman & Matan Ephrat, Sons of Kemmet & Siya Makuzeni. We were also proud to bring back Kunle Ayo, AfroSync & Edward Parseen and the Different Faces Band.

Gideon Kipketer Clenches the Mumbai Marathon


Kenyan pacemaker Gideon Kipketer won the men's race in an all-East African clean sweep of the podium by setting a new course record in the 13th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.
Kipketer, who started the race as a pace-setter, decided to continue till the end after taking over the sole lead midway through the return leg of the race and stopped the clock at 2:08:35, shaving almost a full second off the 2013 record of 2:09:32 set by Ugandan Jackson Kiprop.
Kipketer, who won USD 56,000, including the bonus for breaking the course record worth USD 15,000, was followed home in second place by Ethiopia's Seboka Dibaba in 2:09:20 and Marius Kimutai of Kenya (2:09:39).

London marathon to pit Kipchoge versus Kipsang


Last year's Virgin Money London Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge will take on 2014 champion Wilson Kipsang when the two Kenyans face each other in this year’s IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday 24 April, organisers announced on Tuesday (19).
Kipchoge beat two-time champion Kipsang by just five seconds in a thrilling sprint finish at the end of last year’s 35th race, with fellow Kenyan and world record-holder Dennis Kimetto left trailing in their wake in third place.
Kipchoge’s winning time of 2:04:42 was just outside Kipsang’s course record of 2:04:29 set in 2014. The 2003 world 5000m champion went on to win the Berlin Marathon last September in a personal best of 2:04:00.
He is now sixth on the world all-time list for the distance behind Kimetto’s historic best of 2:02:57 and Kipsang’s former world record of 2:03:23.
Kimetto also returns to London in 2016 hoping to improve on his third place last year. Stanley Biwott is the fourth outstanding Kenyan in the field, running in London for the fourth time after finishing fourth last year, second in 2014 and eighth in 2013.
Biwott should be full of confidence after an impressive victory at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon.
With Rio 2016 Olympic places to be won, there will be even more at stake for the Kenyan runners in 2016 when the quartet toe the London start line again in pursuit of one of world running’s most prestigious prizes.
“It was fantastic to win the Virgin Money London Marathon last year against one of the greatest fields ever assembled in marathon running,” said Kipchoge.
“This year I will come back to London to compete again with the world's best athletes," he added. "I will work hard to defend my title in London and, together with Wilson, Dennis, Stanley and those from other countries, make it a fast and wonderful race. I want to thank the organisation for again bringing the best athletes in marathon running together in London, it's great for our sport."
Kipchoge’s superb record of five wins and one second place from six marathon starts since 2013 will make him the marginal favourite. But the elite men’s field contains the top five finishers from 2015, five men who have run the 26.2-mile distance faster than 2:05:00, and 16 who have finished quicker than 2:10:00.


kpl's golden boy Olunga, poised to join swedish Team, Djurgardens IF


Kenya Premier League 2015 Most Valuable Player Michael Olunga is off to Sweden if Djurgårdens IF Fotboll Football Director Bosse Andersson words is to be taken into account.

While speaking to football direct, Swede’s top football portal, Andersson, confirmed that that they had been in talks with Olunga for a long time and was sure the Gor Mahia striker would join them though wasn’t sure when.

Andersson, who described Olunga as an exciting player, confirmed that Olunga was on his way to Sweeden and insisted that they had talked to his club and were working on resolving his visa details.

“He will come here, it's just not clear when. This is a player we have followed for long. We have eyed him for a long time and followed his development,” Andersson said.

Olunga has been the center of attraction since his 2015 heroics both with his club Gor Mahia and the national team. Premier Soccer Side (PSL) Sundowns and Morocco's Raja Casablancar are just of them teams that he has been linked with.

Indian Calcuta League side Kingfisher East Bengal, home to Kenyan coach Sammy Pamzo Omollo had also offered the 2015 KPL MVP a million a month offer but it seems the youngster is focused on joining a European side to continue with his development.

"I personally talked to the boy and discussed the offer but to be honest he wasn't interested. He's a good striker and I wish him all the best," Pamzo told soka in a separate interview.

Julius yego Named sportsman of the year


A successful safaricom sportsman of the year award in Nairobi,KICC had Julius Yego named Kenya's sportsman of the year.

He picked the overall crown following atremendous year in which he became the first kenyan to win a gold medal in a field event at the worlds Athletics.

He achieved that feat at last year's world athletic champion in Beijing, China with a throw of 92.72m.

Aprt from winning the world championships, Yego won in the 2015 Ostarava Golden Spike with a new national record of 86.88m, Three days later, he improved to 87.71 at the Golden Gala in Rome.

Yego was also named the male athlete of the year.

The issue of doping although dominated this graceful event as the star Julius Yego and SOYA founder Paul Tergat weighed in on the doping allegations, saying it was shameful that some runners had opted for shortcuts.

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