SPORTING DIGEST : ATHLETICS

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Solomon Wariso has been drafted in to run as a guest alongside the British No 1, John Regis, and Darren Braithwaite in the 200 metres in the Great Britain v Russia international, which opens the indoor season in Birmingham on Saturday.

Nixon Kiprotich, the Kenyan Olympic 800 metres silver medallist, has denounced his country's ban on some foreign agents, and said he would not sign for a Kenyan agent. The Kenya Amateur Athletic Association last week announced a ban on a number of agents, including John Bicourt of Britain, for not registering with the association before 15 January. A number of Kenyan athletes have attacked the KAAA, over what they perceive as the body's attempts to obtain a share of athletes' earnings while doing littleto promote the sport.

The former world junior champion, Paula Radcliffe, will take part in the world cross-country trials in Northumberland from 4-5 March. The first seven in the men's race and the first four in the junior men's, women's and junior women's trials will gain automatic selection for the World Championships. The remaining two places in each team will be chosen by the British Athletic Federation's Cross-Country Commission.

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