Rosa fired Claudio Berardelli (Rita Jeptoo's coach) and several athletes, including (Janeth Jepkosgei and Eunice Sum) are moving to the new management company that hired him.
Wilson Kipsang and others have spoken out calling the move "unprofessional". Kipsang also said, “In our situation where the reputation of AK is not trustworthy of handling finances, failure to remit some team allowance and prizes predicts a disaster. They cannot manage well the over 250 athletes in the two camps.”
*Wilson Kipsang: “We want to make it clear that we are not contemplating switching managers and that our contracts are still valid and will remain valid." “We strongly believe that the move was malicious and politically driven, a way crafted to frustrate some athletes."
AK is investigating the two agencies run by Italian Gabriele Rosa and Dutchman Gerard van de Veen, for possible connection with the rise in Kenyan doping cases. Rosa previously represented Rita Jeptoo, Matthew Kisorio and currently has Asbel Kiprop, Eunice Sum and Janeth Jepkosgei. Van der Veen represents Dennis Kimetto, Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Mutai. *Discuss
*Isaiah Kiplagat Says Van der Veen Has Current Doping Cases In His Group, But Couldn't Reveal The Names While Investigations Are Ongoing There were rumors of this last week.
*AK Will Take Over Duties Of Agents Leaving Athletes Like Asbel Kiprop Rightfully Concerned Kiprop: “We don’t what to do now since we don’t have a manager. They should punish those involved individually. We need our manager to stay in Europe during Diamond League races in Italy for example, now we don’t know what to do ... One thing is the managers will not be affected. Rosa will stay in Italy and Gerard in Netherlands. It is we who will suffer."