You hit the nail on the head. This is government sanctioned extortion. AK is taking over the management and the winning percentage and I can guarantee you it will be more than the 15% the reputable agents charge. I work with Kenyans and several of their managers and I can attest that if there is any problem, it is with AK and not the management. AK will take 50% of the appearance fees, 50% of the winnings (at least) and then extort money from gerhard and gabriele in order to manage their athletes again. Kiplagat looks like he is pulling off one more heist before getting out of dodge. He has seen the frustration with his corruption grow, understands the mutiny athletes are planning against his regime and thinks it is time to out with a bang. kiplagat has done more to ruin Kenyan athletics than Stephanie Hightower ever could in the us.
It really upsets me reading the crap that is being posted here by people who have never been to kenya, don't know a Kenyan, and then assuming accusations are true just because they are made. These are people simply trying to feed their families. The only avenue they have open to them is running. They would trade places with the cubicle trolls that post here any day that sit and pass judgment. Does this need to survive lead some to cheat? Probably. Does this reflect the majority of Kenyan runners out there, hell no.