Statement from Zane Branson on Possosports on Patrick Makau Being Excluded from Kenyan Olympic Marathon Team

June 13, 2012

Below is a statement from Patrick Makau's Manager Zane Branson of Possosports Europe that disputes the claim of Kenyan Athletics President Isaiah Kiplagat that Makau's manager did not report to Athletics Kenyan on the status of Makau's injury that caused him to withdraw from the 2012 London Marathon. Here is 1 minute and 5 minute audio clip from the press conference with Kiplagat talking about the agents and saying, "to date we have not received any reports from them."

Friend of LRC Mutwiri Mutuota of Kenya has copies of reported emails between Branson and Athletics Kenya here.

Statement from Zane Branson

We will always respect a National Federations right to select their teams as the see fit.  That is not our issue.  What does greatly concern us is the false statement given by the President of Athletics Kenya in his 12 June press conference as the reason for overlooking our client Patrick Makau. One of our jobs as Makau's Athletics Kenya and IAAF registered Athlete Representative is to defend his integrity (and ours, as his representative) when it is called into question. And the statements made in the 12 June press conference about Makau are completely untrue.

We were never formally asked for an explanation as to why Patrick Makau failed to finish the 2012 Virgin London Marathon. But we did voluntarily provide such an explanation, in person to Athletics Kenya Treasurer Mr. Kinyua, immediately post-race in London, and in e-mails to the Federations e-mail address on April 25 and May 8.  We clearly stated that Makau’s problem was a minor sciatic nerve irritation and that within two weeks of the London Marathon he had resumed normal and full training.

I am in no way questioning the naming of Emmanuel Mutai / Stanley Biwott as the replacement for Moses Mosop.  But I do want to make clear that Patrick Makau and ourselves DID make it known to Mr. Kinyua, Mr. Kiplagat and four other AK officials (after the London Marathon) that his problem was minor and he would be ready to represent his country with distinction if selected.

Zane Branson

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