NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will
not compete at the Africa Cross Country Championships, but will
still feature in Kenyan national championships on Saturday.
Obiri, who is keen
to recapture her 3,000m gold medal at the World Indoor
Championships, is among the elite runners who have opted to
embrace and honor the race in Nairobi, which is part of the IAAF
Cross Country permit meeting.
“It is down to my
preparations for World Indoor Championships. I want to represent
my unit, Kenya Defense Force, but also use it as part of my
endurance training. I will not be going to Algeria for the
Africa Cross Country Championships, even if I finish top here,”
Obiri said on Tuesday in Nairobi.
The Olympic 5,000m
silver medalist will have her work cut out as she has to do
battle against Africa Cross Country champion Alice Aprot in
complete. We expect teams in Nairobi on Thursday. Top names are
competing,” said Evans Bosire Kenya’s athletics’ body
Prior to the race,
Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) will host an anti-doping
seminar for the athletes in Nairobi.
The seminar is meant
to build on the work of sensitizing athletes against doping and
educating them on a number of banned substances to avoid using.
World Cross Country
champion Geoffrey Kamworor, will line up for the race, despite
him being named in the Kenya team to the World Half Marathon in
Valencia, Spain on March 24.
He will face
reigning Africa Cross Country champion James Rungaru, former
World Cross Country champion Japheth Korir and Richard Kimunyan.
teammates to Valencia Bedan Karoki and Leonard Barsoton will
give the event a bye.
Kenya is using the
championships to select a team for the Africa Cross Country
Championships planned for March 17 in Chlef, Algeria.