Kenya cancels athletes’ clearances over coronavirus worries


Kenya cancels athletes' clearances over coronavirus worries
Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei addressing press at sidelines of the Annual Athletes Conference at the Sirikwa Hotel on December 5,2019. (PHOTO/Gilbert Kiprotich)

Athletics Kenya (AK) said on Thursday it had barred its athletes from travelling to international events due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

The suspension announcement comes a day after the World Health Organization labelled the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

More than 126,000 people have been infected globally by the flu-like virus and more than 4,600 have died, according to a Reuters tally based on official announcements.

Kenya has not had a confirmed case of the virus.

“Following a directive from the Government of Kenya and due to the global outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, Athletics Kenya has suspended all clearance and travel to international events for athletes,” Athletics Kenya said in a statement.

“In a bid to safeguard the athletes and consequently the country from the virus, we urge all athletes to cancel travel arrangements for the next one month pending further communication,” it added.

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