Kenya Trials for Worlds moved to September
- The National World Championship Trials have been pushed three weeks and will now be held on September 12-13, Athletics Kenya (AK) has announced
- The two-day event will be used to select team Kenya for the World Championships to be held in Doha, Qatar from September 28- October 6
The National World Championship Trials have been pushed three weeks and will now be held on September 12-13, Athletics Kenya (AK) has announced.
The two-day event will be used to select team Kenya for the World Championships to be held in Doha, Qatar from September 28- October 6.
The trials were earlier scheduled to be held on August 20-22 at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi with the event also doubling up as the national championships.
AK said the move had been necessitated by the need to allow athletes participate in the 11th and 12th legs of the Diamond League which will be held in Birmingham, England and Paris, France respectively.
“We have taken into consideration the requests of athletes who will be participating in various Diamond League events in order to give them an opportunity to compete and gain points for the finals,” the AK said in a statement.
Birmingham Diamond League which is penciled for August 18 would have been held just a day to the commencement of the trials while Paris meet scheduled for August 24 would have come two days after the conclusion of the trials.
The two Diamond League meets are crucial for athletes as they precede the two finals to slated for Zurich and Brussels on August 29 and September 6 respectively.
National championships earmarked for August 20-22 will however proceed as planned. However, it will not be used to select the team to Doha’s assignment bar for the 10,000m both men and women.
“The 10,000m men and women teams to Doha will be selected during the national championships that will proceed on August 20-22,” added the statement.
Unlike the national championships where teams will be competing, the trials will be strictly an invites only event.
The federation had outlined stringthened measures for athletes ahead of the trials on which they must fulfill before the trials which includes attaining the required standards in respective events as well as complying with the four mandatory doping tests as set out by IAAF.
AK affiliates including institutions such as Kenya Police, Kenya Defence Forces and Kenya Prisons and regions as well have already picked their teams ahead of the national showdown.
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