Kenya: AK Plans Warm Up Races Ahead of “Kip Keino Classic”

Athletics Kenya plans to stage several meetings starting early August in readiness for the “Kip Keino Classic”, one of the legs in the World Athletics Continental Tour due September 26 in Nairobi.

AK president Jackson Tuwei said that if the government is to relax Covid-19 restrictions, they are likely to stage county and regional events before the nationals.

“Institutions will also be allowed to select their teams for the nationals if time allows,” said Tuwei who was speaking at the Nyayo National Stadium where the Kip Keino Classic Local Organising Committee made a tour on Tuesday.

“There will be no weekend meetings because of the short period,” said Tuwei, who was accompanied by “Kip Keino Classic” meeting director Barnaba Korir.

“We need to come with a calendar so as to allow the athletes to start training well but that is subject to the government’s directives,” explained Korir.

AK had completed its cross country season that culminated with the National Cross Country Championships on February 15 at the Ngong racecourse where a national team for the Africa Cross Country was picked.

AK had managed two weekend meetings in Eldoret and Nairobi with the last coming on March 5-6 at Kasarani before everything came to a halt when the country record its first Covid-19 case on March 13.

Two more meetings were due in Embu and Kisumu before paving way for the institutional and national championships.

Korir said it will be imperative quality teams are picked for the discretionary and national events that will feature alongside the main World Athletics races.