NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya remains hopeful it will parade its best
athletes at the Commonwealth Games despite several big names
There will be no
Mercy Cherono, the Commonwealth Games 5,000m champion, Olympic
1,500m gold medalist Faith Kipyegon, former World 1,500m
champion Asbel Kiprop and Olympic 800m champ David Rudisha among
The country has been
granted a quota of 65 track and field athletes, but Athletics
Kenya President Jack Tuwei believes that number can be increased
“We will continue
negotiating with the organizers of the games to increase our
slots,” Tuwei said on Friday in Nairobi.
The full Kenyan
athletes’ contingent to the Gold Coast games has been put at
125. This is a reduction from the 195 participants, from Kenya
who graced the 2014 edition in Glasgow, Scotland.
Four years ago,
Kenya performance was average as they collected 25 medals—ten
gold medals, ten silver and five bronze.
However, it is in
track and field, the country’s golden goose, that real
competition is expected when the trials are held in Nairobi on
Games will return to Australia for the fifth time and will be
held in Gold Coast, Queensland from April 4-15.
champion Helen Obiri has been granted a wild card while others
have also put in their requests.
But Tuwei said
athletes who failed to meet the accreditation deadline, still
have a chance to make the team.
“We will consider
them and enter their names if they make the team. But their
travel to Gold Coast is subject to Australia organizers
agreeing,” he added.
bronze medalist Paul Tanui will be one of the athletes, who have
shown interest in the games, but failed to submit his name in
time. Tuwei said there is still an open window for invited
athletes to get accredited for the Games.
“This year’s Games
came early, largely because of the Australian climate. However,
some of our athletes had their own individual commitments and
contracts to honor like the World Half Marathon, World Indoor
Championships and Big city marathons, which is only
understandable that they concentrate on them and skip the
Commonwealth Games,” said Tuwei.
Kenya will name its
final team to Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon while those going
for the IAAF World Indoor Championships scheduled for March 1-4
in Birmingham, Britain will be known on Monday.