NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan upcoming athletes will have to
wait until they turn 21 before they can apply to switch
allegiance and compete for a foreign country.
part of the recommendations from the Transfer of
Allegiance Working Group, which was endorsed by the
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
council meeting on Tuesday.
help curb the disappearance of young athletes to oil
rich Arab countries who are seeking to impact at the
specifically stun when Ruth Jebet emerged on the global
stage at the World Championships in Bahrain colors after
failing to show up in the country’s trials. He went on
to win gold in Rio Olympics over the 3,000m steeplechase
known Jebet’s potential, except the hawk eyes Bahraini
agents who airlifted him from Eldoret, with a promise to
help her poor mother end her impoverished life.
the vest that you start your international career with
is the vest you should end your international career
with. With a few exceptions,” said Seb Coe, the IAAF
recommendation adopted requires athletes to have a
minimum three-year waiting period to transfer from one
country to another.
also be evidence that countries are offering full
citizenship and associated rights with the provision
that an athlete can transfer only once in their career
and that no transfers take place before the age of 20.
Kenya president Jack Tuwei welcomed the move saying it
will help end the animosity and betrayal that has become
rampant in the sport.
“We have a
cushion that will be accepted to either side. Nobody can
pounce on your athlete without your approval and
knowledge,” he said.
passed that a review panel will be established which
will determine the credibility of applications by
athletes seeking to change nationality.
specific rules are being drafted for approval at the
July meeting of Council in Buenos Aires, the IAAF’s
current freeze on transfers will remain in effect,” said
has over 50 athletes competing for other countries from
USA, Turkey, France, Qatar, Bahrain and Azerbaijan.
Ethiopia has also been hit hard with numerous transfers.