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BAA summons athlete Kamel.

Byline: PATRICK SALOMON

YOUSSEF Saad Kamel has been summoned by the Bahrain Athletics Association (BAA) to appear before the board and prove his allegations against them.

This was decided in a BAA board meeting held late on Thursday night, headed by BAA president Shaikh Talal bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.

Kamel has also been suspended from all competitions until the hearing, which is scheduled for early next month.

The BAA has sent an official letter to Athletics Kenya secretary general David Okeyo informing him of the developments. The same correspondence was also forwarded to Kamel, as well as International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) general secretary Pierre Weiss.

"As per the requirements of the BAA disciplinary committee, Mr Kamel must appear on January 11, 2009 to prove the allegations he mentioned to you and the media," stated the December 11 letter, signed by BAA general secretary Abdulrahman Askar and seen last night by the GDN.

Kamel had earlier this week sent his own letter to Okeyo, in which he stated: "This is to inform you that I...have decided to revoke my residency with Bahrain with immediate effect."

Kamel has also publicly accused the BAA of withholding bonuses, lack of respect, and encouraging him to lie about his age.

Askar said in his letter that the BAA "is shocked and saddened by the unfounded and untrue allegations" made by Kamel.

BAA technical manager Lounes Madene, who was also present at Thursday's board meeting, concurred.

"He must provide evidence to his claims," Madene told the GDN last night. "These are not true things, and surely we have the proof that his allegations are not true."

The BAA further informed Okeya that they are not opposed to releasing Kamel as per the IAAF rules and regulations. They however have been unable to do so until now, since the athlete has yet to send an official request to the association regarding his desired return to Kenyan citizenship.

"Once we receive his request, we will process it accordingly," it was stated in the same letter signed by Askar. "We have no objection to (his) release."

Kamel first went public with his wish to quit Bahrain apparently as a response to being warned by the BAA of his neglect of duties, following his sudden departure from a training camp in Ethiopia without receiving permission from either the BAA or his coach Tareq Sabt.

Kamel has denied doing this.

Meanwhile, in a separate letter seen yesterday by the GDN, the BAA fired Barnaba Korir, who had been in charge of some of Bahrain's Kenyan-born athletes, including Kamel.

"It was decided to terminate officially the relationship you enjoyed with the BAA," said the letter sent directly to the Kenyan national, also signed by Askar.

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