NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s athletics officials said on
Monday that only one runner will represent the country
in one international event this year.
Athletics Kenya’s Senior Vice-President in Charge of
Competitions, said that due to the congested calendar of
international events in 2018, athletes will have to
select only one race to participate in so that they can
make best use of their strength.
seven global events lined up this year close to each
other. Athletes will have to choose which races they
want to enter because we do not want them to burn out
and [we] also [want] to give room to their up and coming
colleagues,” Mutwii told journalists in Nairobi.
altered the local calendar of events, which commenced
early November last year to accommodate the seven major
international and continental competitions which will
commence with the World Indoor Championships in
Birmingham, England (March 2-March 4) followed by the
Africa Cross Country Championships in Chlef, Algeria
(March17). After this the World Half Marathon
Championships will kick off March 24 in Valencia, Spain.
Commonwealth Games will take place between April 8 and
April 15 in Australia and the Africa Senior Athletics
Championships is scheduled for early August in Delta
State, Nigeria. After this the Youth Olympics will
close the curtains in Buenos Aires, Argentina in
casualty of the edict is Geoffrey Kamworo who is both
World Cross Country champion and World Half Marathon
title holder, but has opted to defend his world marathon
title owing to the event’s superior status.
upon the elite athletes to aim for bigger titles and
leave the lesser races to budding athletes as a way of
discovering new talent and boosting their performance,”
Kenya will hold the national cross country
championships-cum-national trials on Saturday in order
to select the team that will represent the country in
the continental competition.
runners who took part in our weekend series and have
made it to their respective regional teams will be
eligible to participate. We will not give room to the
big names, even if they are in awesome form,” Mutwii
noted, adding that the first six runners in each
category will be selected.
categories are 6km junior women, 8km junior men, 10km
senior women, 10km senior men and mixed relays.