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The Government and Athletics Kenya (AK) have been asked to put in

place measures of restricting foreign athletes training in Kenya.

Team Kenya athletics head coach Julius Kirwa said this will protect the

country’s runners from learning Kenya’s tactics.

Kirwa said some of the gold medals Kenyas lost were clinched by

athletes who have been training in Kenya ahead of the olympics.

“Some of the foreign athletes are now catching up with us that they

were now beating Kenyans in their own specialities,” said Kirwa.

He said Kenya was at a threat of losing ground as athletes from other

countries were giving the country in some of the event’s it was

dominating a run for its money because of their accessibility to Kenya’s

training skills.

“We should protect our own by restricting others from invading our

territory by being strict on entry rules,” he said.

He questioned the rationale of allowing foreigners to train in Kenya,

citing double Olympic champion Britain’s Mo Farah, Olympic marathon

winner Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich and Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi,

who won the 1,500m.

Others are Farah’s training partner USA’s Galen Rupp who finished

just a few steps back to take silver, the first medal in the event for

the U.S. since Billy Mills’ victory in Rome 52 years ago.

Turkey’s Asli Cakir and Gamze Bulut who won for the first ever

athletics Olympic gold for Turkey and silver respectively in the

women’s 1,500m respectively have also been pitching their training in

Kenya.

Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro who also trains in Kenya won a double in the

2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India by securing medals in 10,000m

and 5,000m which Kenya is better than its east African neighbour.

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