AK considering postponing Eldoret meet

Athletics Kenya (AK) President Lt. Gen. Jackson Tuwei (L) shake hand with Paul Mutwii, the ...
(FILE)Athletics Kenya (AK) President Lt. Gen. Jackson Tuwei (L) shake hand with Paul Mutwii, the officer in-charge of competition at the Riadha house offices in Nairobi, Kenya on January 28, 2016. Athletics Kenya made statement on various competitions that will take place in the 2016 season which included; preparation for National cross country championship, IAAF World indoor championship, World half marathon, Olympic marathon team, World youth championships and plans to curb doping menace. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

Athletics Kenya (AK) vice-president Paul Mutwii says they are mulling pushing the fourth track and field meet to January next year.

Machakos is set to be the next stop of the local series but with the festive season approaching, AK have been caught in a balancing act between pushing it through or postponing it into the busy 2018 calendar.

“We are having a problem with the event because its very close to Christmas and New Year. We are trying to see when the meet can be done. I would also like to remind the athletes that the cross country meets are on going. So they should also put that into consideration,” Mutwii who was the chief guest at the second meeting in Kisii told Citizen Digital ahead of the December 29 and 30 event.

The AK boss also urged athletes to check with the head quarters on their 2018 Commonwealth Games accreditation.

Mutwii said that some documents were rejected because some did not have an email and postal address, wrong passport pictures while others had not indicated disciplines.

“The Commonwealth Games Local Organising Committee rejected some of the forms we sent. We have instructed the officer dealing with the forms at Riadha House to get in touch with the affected athletes so that they can rectify the mistakes,” said Mutwii.

Mutwii also pointed out that no new entries will be made since the process is closed. He welcomed all athletes to the third meeting which will be in Machakos starting December 12.

” I hope there will be a larger turnout in Machakos. We would like to invite all athletes to come and test the tartan track after running on earth in Kisumu and Kisii,” said Mutwii.

Mutwii clarified that though there will be trials for the Commonwealth Games, athletes competing at the weekend meets will be considered too.

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