The Kenya Athletics Federation has released the new National and International Calendar of events that is crowded with competition activities tailored towards the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Brazil during the month of August Next year.
The 2015/2016 competition Diary, unveiled at the Athletics Kenya Headquarters, Riadha House, on Thursday, saw new events inserted as the country’s number one sporting discipline spread across the country.
Athletes are set for herculean tasks and will be lost for choices when the three main activities- the Cross country, the Relays and Track and Field series occupies more than half of the annual activities dotted on the 12 months of the season.
The diary opens with the Cross-countries series where Nairobi County will be hosting the 1st weekend meeting on November 7th followed by Kangaru, Embu on November 14th before Nyahururu, Nyandarua organizes the 3rd Premium on 28th November.
Iten in the North Rift, Machakos in Southern and Sotik in the South Rift will be staging the 4th, 5th and the 6th Cross-country premium series before the competitions revert to the grass-roots where all the counties will be doing their championships on 16th of January next year.
Apart from the cross-country, Tecla Loroupe 10Km Peace Race, Kass Marathon and Tusky’s Matress Wareng cross country on November 9th, 15th and 22nd and World Aids Day Marathon (December 1st), new inclusion Lake Turkana Half Marathon (Dec 4th ) and Safaricom Kisumu City National Marathon will mark the year-ender before a lull for the Christmas break.
The regional cross-country for all the 16 affiliates will be over by 30th of January with the climax being the IAAF Permit/National Cross Country Championships on February 13th at the Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi where the national team to the 4th Africa championships will be selected.
The 5-paged Competition Timetable has also included six Relay series, all to be held in Nairobi from the month of February to April. The series are scheduled for Feb 6th, 20th, March 12th, 26th and April 9th will the National Relays Championships will be held on May 21st, still in Nairobi.
The most crucial feature in the competition chart is the track and field Weekend Meetings that will form the build-up to the Summer Olympics in Rio from August 12th to August 21st 2016.
Like in the previous set up, the 1st AK Track and Field will kick off on 19th and 20th in Bondo before moving to Mumias in Western on 26th and 27th, Thika in Central on March 4th and 5th and the 4th Premium timetabled on 18th and 19th in Nakuru’ Afraha Stadium.
The 5th and the 6th Track and Field Weekend Meetings will be held on April 1st-2nd and 14th-16th in Kisii and Eldoret before the Nairobi Grand Prix Meeting- The Night of Champions, on May 4th to held at either Nyayo or Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani.
New events that have been included in the recent calendar include Lake Turkana Half Marathon (December 4th), Race Walk Trial for Rio (Feb 21st), and Marathon Trio on February 14th.
The main competitions for the coming season include Africa Cross Country in Yaounde on March 12th, IAAf World Half Marathon on March 26th in Cardiff, Great Britain, Africa Junior on 19th – 20th (Dar es Salaam), Africa Athletics Championships in Durham, South Africa (21-26 June) and the World Junior championships from 19th -24th in Kazan, Russia.
The Olympics scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from August 5th to August 21st where Kenya is expected to win several medals.
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