The pioneers of Kenya’s athletics history will be relieving their running exploits of the 1950s and 1960s when they watch the young generation taking the sport’s mantle in the 21st century.
Courtesy of the Local Organizing Committee and Athletics Kenya, all the past medal winners beginning with Nyandika Maiyoro, Kiprugut Chumo and Kanuti Arap Sum in 1954 and 56 to Consenslus Kipruto and Kipyegon Bett will watch the Nairobi WU18 that starts on Wednesday at Kasarani.
The two institutions have invited a record 157 athletes who have won medals in the Olympics, World Championships and in Commonwealth Games as special guests during the global competitions that has enticed more than 150 nations.
It will be the past meeting the future when the pioneers, some walking with the help of their walking sticks, grace the 5 days of excitement at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani where the last major action took place 30 years ago during the 4th All Africa Games in 1987.
“We value the contribution made by our pioneer athletes and the foundation they laid for our sports. Kenya’s athletics history is not complete without their immeasurable input. They will be our worthy guests,” said Athletics Kenya President Lt. Gen. Rtd Jackson Tuwei, also the Chairman of the Nairobi WU18 Local Organizing Committee.
The athletes, whose main role will be mentoring Team Kenya for the championship, will be accommodated at Safari Park Hotel where they are expected to check in on Tuesday 11th, a day before the championships starts.
Through their passion and sense of patriotism, the pioneer athletes started what is the current dynamo of athletics in the country.
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