Even the Kenyans know that world cross is in trouble. Here they talk about how the Kenyan trials are more difficult than the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. What will save the World Cross Championships? Cross in the winter Olympics, three athletes max, per country…meanwhile:

 It is universally accepted the Kenyan trials for the IAAF World Cross are more difficult than the biennial global showpiece itself.

It is much harder to win any of the four races at the Kenyan Trials than it is to face the best the world has to offer-bar the Ethiopian challenge- against the loaded line-ups at senior and junior levels.

Japan based Bedan Karoki, won the coveted men 12km senior title as Kenya selected her much vaunted provisional squad of 26 for the Guiyang World Cross in China to lead the queue of those in the running for the Holy Grail of the global event when it runs on March 28.

Karoki, who accomplished the rare feat of defending his domestic title from last year, is raring to be the sixth Kenyan winner of the biggest prize in cross country running and in the process, snap a long running curse.

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Athletics Canada speak up about doping issues worldwide, but primarily about Russian, apparent state-run doping. Note it is mentioned more than once in the article that AC supports the ongoing investigation and is in favour of severe sanctions for any athlete, coach or federation in contravention of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code.

You tell ’em, Athletics Canada, and Rob Guy. It is Athletics Illustrated’s position that Russia, if guilty of state run doping, be sanctioned as a federation. Ban Russia Now.

Today Athletics Canada, the Canadian national governing body for track and field, cross country, and road running, is publicly stating its firm stance against recent widespread doping offences and allegations taking place around the world, particularly within the Russian Athletics Federation.

Athletics Canada fully supports the ongoing investigation into these matters, and is in favour to severe sanctions for any athlete, coach or federation in contravention of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code.

Rob Guy, Chief Executive Officer, “Athletics Canada is very concerned about the current allegations and stands arm in arm with other national federations, such as Athletics Australia, in speaking out against what is taking place in the sport.”

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The greatest male 800m distance runner in history, Kenya’s David Rudisha has confirmed that he is back to compete during the Diamond League for the June 7th IAAF Birmingham Grand Prix. Has still got it?

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Shannon Rowbury earns USATF Athlete of the Week

Olympian Shannon Rowbury has been awarded USATF Athlete of the Week after her rare double at the USATF Indoor Championships in Boston.

Rowbury (Portland, Oregon) won the mile Saturday and the two mile Sunday with her times of 4:34.40 and 9:43.95, respectively. Her mile victory was her first USATF title since winning the 1,500m at 2009 USATF Outdoors, and it was her first USATF Indoors title since 2008. Even battling a cold, Rowbury’s indoor season ended on a successful note.

“I feel like each season, I’m able to just improve a little bit and a little bit more,” Rowbury said after her second title. “With the end goal being Beijing Worlds and Rio Olympics, (I know) I have to execute each step along the way to get there.

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Looks like Alysa Montano is back racing after having a baby.

Lots of good news pieces here, read on.