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IAAF lifts Kenyan funding ban

NAIROBI, Oct 29 (Reuters) The IAAF, the governing body of world athletics, has resumed financial aid to its Kenyan affiliate, an Athletics Kenya (AK) official said today.

A fortnight ago, the IAAF froze grants to the east African nation after it failed to submit accounts for the World Cross Country Championships held in the country in March.

AK Chairman Isaiah Kiplagat said he held talks with IAAF officials in Monaco last week to settle the issue.

''The IAAF has released preparations and administrative grants to AK and the world body has said it was happy with the work we did in Mombasa,'' Kiplagat, who is also an IAAF Council member, told reporters.

He said the world body has agreed to clear all debts accrued by the World Cross Country's Local Organising Committee (LOC).

''At the conclusion of the event, LOC owed IAAF 93,872 dollars.

This amount and payment to Supervision and the South African Laboratory have been cleared,'' said Kiplagat.

Supervision provided a big television screen used during the March 24 event while South African Laboratory carried all doping tests on athletes.

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Story first published: Monday, October 29, 2007, 21:35 [IST]
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