NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan officials may be forced to ask Chinese construction
companies working on renovation of stadiums in Nairobi and
Eldoret to halt their work to allow athletes train for the
Kenya’s Chief de Mission to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games,
said on Thursday they have run into headwind as athletes lack
suitable grounds to train prior to their departure to Australia
on Mar. 24.
“Nyayo Stadium is
undergoing renovation and therefore unavailable entirely. While
Kasarani Stadium warm up track is fine for training, the pitch
is not conductive for field events training. Those two are in
Nairobi. In Eldoret, Kipchoge Keino stadium is under renovation
by Chinese-owned WIETC Company,” he said.
China has put in
capital and human resources to bring up to world standard
Kenya’s stadium and though the work is continuing, local sports
officials are demanding for time to train before the workers
complete their renovations.
WIETC Company was
awarded the whole tender to construct the VIP pavilion,
terraces, changing rooms and the parking lot in Elodret’s
Kenya track and
field athletes, selected last week in Nairobi, will have to do
with any available space to train and Korir hinted at pitching
camp at the Kenyatta University grounds.
“The other option is
Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, but they do not have hostels to
accommodate the huge team of 80 we need to have in camp. The
Kenya School of Monetary Studies hostels are good but we haven’t
talked to them,” he added.
Games are set for April. 4-15 in Gold Coast, Australia. Kenya’s
first lot of athletes will leave Nairobi on March. 24 for Gold
Coast while the marathon team will be the last to depart on
Due to challenges in
acquisition of training grounds, Korir said the boxing team of
11 will camp in Nakuru, rugby players will shift to Mombasa,
while the cycling team will be in Eldoret.
“We have a challenge
to determine where our athletes will be staying. Nyayo Stadium,
Kipchoge Keino (Eldoret), Moi International Stadium Kasarani -
are all under renovations,” he said.