Kiplagat’s biggest victory came in 1999 when he joined IAAF as Council member

Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat addressing a past press conference. PHOTO | FILE |

What you need to know:

  • He first served as Athletics Kenya secretary in 1975
  • He watched as each successive minister struggled without success to effect changes in AK
  • He was a no-nonsense, abrasive man who never shied away from a fight. Last year, he outmanoeuvred everybody, including the 14 regional chairmen who were determined to end his uninterrupted tenure at AK since December 1992, with devastating efficiency of a veteran combatant

The death of Isaiah "Fundi" Kiplagat on Wednesday, the former Athletics Kenya (AK) President, brought the curtain down on the career of an administrator who outlived virtually everything that is good and bad in Kenya’s sport scene.

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