Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Youssef Kamel return to Kenya (give up Bahrain)

Collapse

Unconfigured Ad Widget

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • FrankS
    replied
    I must admit I hate the whole " medal table, flag waving, country thing". But, I guess we're stuck with it.

    Leave a comment:


  • jlt
    replied
    Originally posted by 2 cents
    http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsD...storyid=256060
    This story, which is about how Maryam Jamal is in the best form of her career, mentions that she is training with Kamel in Switzerland, so it appears that Kamel is still representing Bahrain, as he is training under Jamal's husband/coach. So the start lists at Herculis apparently made a mistake in listing Kamel as representing Qatar.
    I talked with Kamel yesterday in St. Moritz, he confirmed he has resolved his differences with Bahrain and has "signed a new contract" with them. He's having ongoing hamstring troubles which are restricting him when running "at 23 second pace". He's a great talent however unlikely to be at his best in Berlin....

    Leave a comment:


  • 2 cents
    replied
    http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsD...storyid=256060
    This story, which is about how Maryam Jamal is in the best form of her career, mentions that she is training with Kamel in Switzerland, so it appears that Kamel is still representing Bahrain, as he is training under Jamal's husband/coach. So the start lists at Herculis apparently made a mistake in listing Kamel as representing Qatar.

    Leave a comment:


  • gh
    replied
    There was a big breakthrough in this last week, as in this story that was posted on the front page

    http://www.eastandard.net/InsidePage.php?id=1144019245


    Kenyans saying it looks like he has burned all his bridges for a return.

    Leave a comment:


  • 2 cents
    replied
    As I noted in the Herculis thread, Yusuf Kamel is listed as representing Qatar in the start lists. Has he now moved on to Qatar?

    Leave a comment:


  • gh
    replied
    Headline in the Nairobi Daily Nation today, re expat Kenyans:

    <<Defectors, traitors bite the dust>>

    Full story on front page

    Leave a comment:


  • gh
    replied
    Apparently the Bahraini federation is denying that there has been any such switch.

    Leave a comment:


  • kamikaze7
    replied
    Dzingai and others have the kind of talent thats world class but wont flourish if they stay put. See Jaysuma Ndure and Francis Obikwelu. For the latter, his career would have been over in 2000 had he not defected to Portugal. He had a serious injury and the Naija Athletics Federation was unwilling to pay for his treatment. So whereas I dislike what Bahrain is doing, sometimes an athlete has no choice.

    Leave a comment:


  • sprintblox
    replied
    Given Zimbabwe's situation, you can't blame anybody from there for looking for another country.

    Leave a comment:


  • gh
    replied
    Bahrain just nabbed sprinter Brian Dzingai from Zimbabwe (story on front page).

    Leave a comment:


  • sprintblox
    replied
    Originally posted by Powell
    Yes, it's a case similar to Felix Sanchez or Ato Boldon. I know Inger Miller was also considering competing for Jamaica early on in her career.
    Similar to Sanchez and Miller, yes. But Ato Boldon was born in Trinidad and didn't move to the US until he was 14, and he probably would have been at least 20 when he became a US citizen* (by which time he had already competed for Trinidad internationally), so his situation isn't comparable to theirs.


    *the normal waiting periods for transitioning from green card to citizenship would have resulted in him being 19-20 at minimum. However, there are some saying that he never even became a US citizen.

    Leave a comment:


  • Powell
    replied
    Originally posted by sprintblox
    Here it says she was born in Thailand to a Thai mother and American father:
    http://www.sports-reference.com/olympic ... rts-1.html

    Hers seems more like a case of choosing a country for which it's easier to make the team, rather than being "bought" like those athletes running for Qatar and Bahrain.
    Yes, it's a case similar to Felix Sanchez or Ato Boldon. I know Inger Miller was also considering competing for Jamaica early on in her career.

    Leave a comment:


  • kuha
    replied
    Originally posted by kamikaze7
    Originally posted by gh
    and in the coming-back-to-bite-you-in-the-ass department, a European friend notes that the Kenyan Federation is lobbying like mad to have Kamel/Konchellah back instantly ready to represent them..... the same Kenyan Federation, of course, that blocked Bernard Lagat's chances to do the same for another country (and in an earlier era, Wilson Kipketer).
    As I see it, the Kenyan federation was spot on. Grassroots coaches in Kenya spend a lot of time and money scouting and developing young runners only to see them defect. Basically other federations and reaping what they did not sow. No wonder AK does not want to let them go easy.
    My sense is that the Kenyan federation just wants another potential cash cow. Are they interested in anything other than $?

    Leave a comment:


  • sprintblox
    replied
    Originally posted by andyjgt
    There was a hurdler, Trecia Roberts, who competed for Thailand and set the Thai record of 12.83 at the Seville WC in 1999, oddly she is listed as having become Thai at the start of 1998 but her 12.73A from that year is not listed as the Thai record.

    http://www.tilastopaja.org/db/atw.php?I ... 000&Odd=33

    I believe she married a Thai man. She certainly competed in SE Asia at least semi-regularly.
    Here it says she was born in Thailand to a Thai mother and American father:
    http://www.sports-reference.com/olympic ... rts-1.html

    Hers seems more like a case of choosing a country for which it's easier to make the team, rather than being "bought" like those athletes running for Qatar and Bahrain.

    Wikipedia says she was still competing for the USA at the time of her 12.73 in 1998.

    Leave a comment:


  • andyjgt
    replied
    There was a hurdler, Trecia Roberts, who competed for Thailand and set the Thai record of 12.83 at the Seville WC in 1999, oddly she is listed as having become Thai at the start of 1998 but her 12.73A from that year is not listed as the Thai record.

    http://www.tilastopaja.org/db/atw.php?I ... 000&Odd=33

    I believe she married a Thai man. She certainly competed in SE Asia at least semi-regularly.

    Leave a comment:

Working...
X