Africa 24.8.2016 03:16 pm

Kenya’s former athletics boss Kiplagat dies

Former Athletics Kenya (AK) boss Isaiah Kiplagat. PHOTO: Athletics Kenya

Former Athletics Kenya (AK) boss Isaiah Kiplagat. PHOTO: Athletics Kenya

Kiplagat had an illustrious career that saw Athletics Kenya build a home in Nairobi at Riadha House.

Former Athletics Kenya (AK) President Isaiah Kiplagat has died in Nairobi after a long battle with cancer, officials said on Wednesday.

Kiplagat, aged 72, succumbed to cancer on Wednesday morning.

Kiplagat was the longest serving athletics boss in Kenya at more than 20 years, but he was forced to step down last year following investigations by world athletics governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), over the management of athletics in the country.

Kiplagat had an illustrious career that saw Athletics Kenya build a home in Nairobi at Riadha House.

Previously, he had served as Commandant in the Kenya Prisons Service in the 1970s and early 80s, before venturing into sports management. He also served as the Managing Director of Post
Bank before returning to athletics after he was elected to the IAAF council.

AK is the governing body for the sport of athletics, including track and field, marathon, road races and cross country, in Kenya.

On November 30 last year, the independent IAAF Ethics Commission announced the provisional suspension of three Kenyan athletics officials – Kiplagat, David Okeyo and Joseph Kinyua. They were barred from taking up any IAAF or Athletics Kenya position pending the investigation of complaints made against them by athletes.

– African News Agency (ANA)