AK postpones National XC after Moi demise


AK postpones National XC after Moi demise
Sandra Chebet wins 10KM women race during the Athletics Kenya Nairobi regional cross country competition at the Telkom grounds in Nairobi on February 01, 2020. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • The national Cross-Country Championships slated for February 8 at the Uhuru Gardens has been postponed owing to the death of former president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi on Tuesday
  • In a statement sent to newsrooms on Wednesday, Athletics Kenya (AK) said the event which will also double as the trials for Africa Cross Country Championships will now be held on February 15

The national Cross-Country Championships slated for February 8 at the Uhuru Gardens has been postponed owing to the death of former president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi on Tuesday.

In a statement on Wednesday, Athletics Kenya (AK) said the event which will also double as the trials for Africa Cross Country Championships will now be held on February 15 as the country continues mourning the death of the former head of state.

“Following the development, we at Athletics Kenya would like to join fellow Kenyans in mourning the former president, whose love for sports was immeasurable.

We have, therefore, decided to shelve our plans to host the event on (February 8) at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi. The event will now take place on February 15, 2020 at a venue to be communicated,” read the statement.

Athletes have however been urged to step up their preparations towards the championship that will culminate in the selection of the team to the continental set for April 8.

Already all the the regions as well as those from AK affiliates including; Kenya Defence Forces, Kenya Prisons Service, Kenya Police Service and Universities have picked their teams for the annual championship.

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