Nairobi marathon postponed due to political tension


Nairobi Stanchart International Marathon women 42km marathon winner, Jane Seurey Jelagat. PHOTO/www.sportpicha.com
Nairobi Stanchart International Marathon women 42km marathon winner, Jane Seurey Jelagat. PHOTO.Sportpicha.

Kenya’s highest profile marathon, due on October 29, has been postponed to late November over fears of political uncertainty around the country’s re-run of the presidential election set for October 26.

The Nairobi Marathon, a road race which has often been a platform for young Kenyan athletes to launch their international careers, will now be held on November 26.

“This revised date is to give runners ample time to participate in both the election and the marathon,” race organisers said.

The marathon- the only regional road race recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) – is not the only sport to have been affected by the tense political climate in the country after August’s presidential election was annulled by the Supreme Court and a re-run ordered.

Last month the International Cricket Council (ICC) said this October’s World Cricket League (WCL) sixth-round fixture between Kenya and the Netherlands would be moved from Nairobi to South Africa with the match set to be played at East London’s Buffalo Park cricket stadium on October 6 and 8.

Play continues at dusk during the first One-Day International (ODI) cricket match between England and the West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester on September 19, 2017. AFP PHOTO
Play continues at dusk during the first One-Day International (ODI) cricket match between England and the West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester on September 19, 2017. AFP PHOTO

 

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