By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya and Uganda will send teams to the
inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships, which will
be held in Cardiff, Wales on October 7.
Over 50 countries
and regions are expected to compete, including Australia,
Canada, South Africa and Nigeria.
Athletics Kenya (AK)
President Jack Tuwei said that Kenya intends to dominate the
“We will be part of
the Commonwealth family and will select some upcoming athletes
to represent Kenya,” said Tuwei on Saturday in Nairobi.
Elite athletes from
across the globe will celebrate the 60th anniversary
of the Cardiff Empire Games when they battle it out ahead of
25,000 runners of all ages and abilities on the 21km course.
Cardiff is no
stranger to hosting world-class running events. In 2016, Kenya’s
Geoffrey Kamworor beat Britain’s Mo Farah to gold at the IAAF
World Half Marathon Championships on the streets of the Welsh
“It is an honor to
bring the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships to Cardiff
and I’m certain it will prove to be another major addition to
the rich sporting history of the city,” said Welsh Athletics
Chief Executive Matt Newman.
world record holder Paula Radcliffe also voiced her approval of
the Welsh capital holding the event. “It’s a really nice
prospect. The Commonwealth Games are always really friendly
Championships and Cardiff staged an amazing IAAF World Half
Marathon Championships in 2016.”