A Galaxy of top performers will illuminate the Kenya Police service Athletics National Championships with star officers putting their rank on the line to battle for the rights to represent the service at the nationals coming at the end of the month.
There will be no love lost during the 3-days championships taking place at The Safaricom Stadium Kasarani from Thursday to Saturday this week when juniors turn tables to their seniors in the quest to have the best compete for the disciplined force that has been toeing to out-do the Kenya Defense Force on the track.
The championships, second after those staged by the Kenya Prisons Service last weekend, would also paved way for the cut-throat Kenya Defense Forces that will set the mood and tune for the national athletics challenge that bring together all the 16 Athletics Kenya appendages.
The Kenya Police Service prides in having top notch athletics achievers and the championship is being awaited with baited breath as seasoned champions skip the dollar coated International Association of Athletics Federations World Challenge and Diamond League in Moscow and Birmingham to race at home as a matter of duty.
“It is a duty for all our officers to participate at this very crucial competition. We need the best in our time. Unless one has a problem or has reason convincing enough, all will be running. It is a rule,” said a senior coach in the service familiar with the protocol.
Multi-Olympic and World champion Ezekiel Kemboi, former double World champion Vivian Cheruiyot and shinning starlets Eunice Sum and Mercy Cherono would be the star attraction during the championships that will also feature other global acclaimed runners.
Upsets are anticipated when new signees engages veteran for attention and intonation as they warm up to keep the police production line longer. The itching ego will be witnessed in the middle distant events where Relay Prodigies Forguson Rotich, Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot have emerged as the new force.
It will not be a walk in the park either for stars in the sprints where new forces have been giving command in local Build-ups that concluded in Eldoret a fortnight ago. The new order would be seen also in the field where new champions are expected to come to the limelight.
Strong opposition would be mounted by the Presidential Escort Unit, General Service Unit and Training College where recruits are burning with ambition to justify their enrollment in the service.
Apart from Ezekiel Kemboi, Vivian Cheruiyot, Mercy Cherono and Eunice Sum, the service prides in having double 1,500m world champion Asbel Kiprop, Diamond League 2014 winner Jairus Birech, cross-country specialist Faith Chepng’etich, World half-marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor and dozens of global medal winners.
This month, several institutions would be conducting their national championship as a precursor to the AK championships. Apart from the Police Service, Kenya Colleges and Kenya Secondary Schools are running their tournaments on 9th-10th and 11th-12th in Ruring’u, Nyeri and Kasarani while Primary Schools and Kenya Defense Forces will do theirs on 11th-13th in Kasarani.
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