Be fair in team selection

The world’s focus is on Kenya today as the country begins selecting its team for the World Athletics Championships and the Africa Games.

The selections are taking place at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani.

We hope that the team for the world event, to be held from August 22 to 30 in Beijing, will perform better than the one that took part in the Moscow championships two years ago.

In Moscow, Kenya won five gold, four silver and three bronze medals.

It is also our hope that Athletics Kenya will be fair in its selection this time.

Our athletes have always found the going rather tough in the short distance races, and what happened in 100m men’s race Friday is something that could have been avoided.

That the electronic timing system failed when national champion Mike Mokamba ran was disturbing.

Mokamba was hand-timed at 9.90 seconds yesterday.

He recently set a national record of 10.23 seconds. The world championships qualifying time is 10.16 seconds.

Athletics Kenya should get its act together and ensure all the equipment at Kasarani is well calibrated ahead of such major events.

It will be unfair to deny athletes an opportunity at the worlds and African Games because of a faulty electronic timing system.

This should never happen again.