I have the opportunity to explain how much I'm disgusted for the way of making journalism of Omolu Okoth. This man is accustomed to write big lies, quoting nameless sources, hoping in this way to avoid his personal responsabilities.
In his articles (because are 2, not only one, in the second there are a lot of names of athletes) Okoth never wrote my name, but it's very clear that an Italian Coach training Qatar in Iten can be only Renato Canova.
For pointing how much disinformed and in bad faith he is, you can only imagine if somebody can recruit athletes for both Qatar and Bahrain together. Is like thinking that Kenya and Ethiopia can have a common plan for recruiting and development athletes, as these two Countries are, in the sport, like dog and cat.
Okoth invented that I set up an agency for "siphoning" athletes : it's so ridicolous that I have nothing to explain.
In the other article, he puts on the same plan Qatari athletes (for some of them I was really the referement) and Bahrain athletes that I never heard about in my life.
And, because every one can know the truth, athletes like Richard Yatich (Mubarak Shami) and Daniel Kemboi (Essa Ismail Rashed) changed with a letter of "No objection" from Kenyan Federation already one year ago, because they had PB of 28:17 and 14:05 not interesting Kenya.
And, about James Kwalia and Nicholas Kemboi, this was a negotiation carried out by the President of Olympic Committee of Qatar with some high official of Kenya.
Regarding Jamal Bilal Salem (Kipkemoi Katui), he, already 27 years old, was in the list of the athletes changing in order to have the opportunity to help Shaheen in his training. Last year he ran only two races : 13:19 in 5k, and 8:24 in steeple, in Europe with a ticket paid by Shaheen. Who could have care of a runner with those PB born in 1978 ?
Regarding Thamer Ali Kamal (Thomas Kosgei), he NEVER compited, before going to Qatar, in Kenya, neither in his school.
I don't know all the other athletes of Bahrain, except Abel Cheruiyot (Abdul Yagut) that was my athlete and decided to change in one week in August 2003.
The fact that I recruit athletes "for fee" is something so ridicolous that can seem a joke. On the contrary, I support diretly with my money many athletes ALL KENYAN for helping them in becoming professional runners.
When there is something to justify, Okoth always uses this system. What can he think if I tell that "an unnamed source informed me that a journalist of Athletics writing on East Standard, having the initials O.O., got good money for spoiling the figure of the Italian Coach training in Iten" ? Can he be happy ? I don't make his name, but I think that everyone can be sure that is Omolu Okoth.
In the full article, there are ciphres regarding salaries very wrong, infos regarding prizes completely wrong, names that don't exist (both Qatari and Kenyan). And there are very stupid assertions like "he disdains Kenyans" that are put in evidence as wrong looking at my normal activity.
If my way to disdain Kenyans is to stay with them, to teach what is possible, to have friendships, to become a guide for them, to coach athletes bringing them to win World Titles (like Christopher Koskei in steeple '99, or Robert Kipchumba in Juniors cross 2000 and 10000 on track, or Paul Kosgei in HM 2002 and World Record of 25 km in 2004), not saying always "yes" but some time discussing for improving their ability in planning, I of sure disdain them in all my life. But whom really I disdain are people not honest, inventing false informations for personal goals.
Speaking about something more important and pleasant, this night in Milano Dorcus Inzikuru, Ugandian specialist of steeple, improved the BP of 2000 SC from 6:11.74 to 6:04:46, running alone in front from the first meters.
Her splits :
1:12.2 / 2:25.6 (1:13.4) / 3:39 (1:13.4) / 4:53.8 (1:14.8) - 6:04.46 (1:10.66)
Dorcus is 23 years old, and is daughter of a Pastor. I knew her during a stage of IAAF in Eldoret in 1999, and from that moment she became my athlete, not having any coach in Uganda. In 2000 won World Junior Ch. in 5000m.
She (like the most part of my top runners) lives in my house when we are in Europe for training and competing.
May be because I disdail Africans......