The first Athletics Kenya Track and Field build-up competitions initially programmed for this weekend in Embu has been removed from the calendar.
The competitions will now begin with the Bondo Meet on March 27th and28th and the 2nd one will take place in Thika on April 3rd and 4th respectively.
Athletics Kenya Chief Executive Officer Isaac Mwangi said the competitions have been pushed back in order to give athletes competing in the Relays series time to prepare for the national trials slated for April 1st at Nyayo National Stadium.
“It has become logical to remove the first Track and Field competition because we had to push the Relays back to allow officials and athletes participate in last Sunday’s First Lady Half Marathon. We will run the 2nd Relays competition this Saturday,” said Mwangi.
The inclusion of the Relays in the International Association ofAthletics F ederations Calendar has forced federations to come up with two parallel track competitions within the athletics season with the Relays coming ahead of the Track and Field.
Last week, the federation had lined up teams for the second Relays championship but had to push competitions a week away as it was coming a day before the Beyond Zero Campaign that is meant to create public awareness and raise funds to help reduce mother and child mortality.
Kenya is expected to select teams for the 2nd IAAF World Relays championship to be held in Nassau, Bahamas, on May 2nd and 3rd and for the 15th IAAF World Championships in Athletics that will take place in Beijing, China, from August 22nd to 30th.
There is also the All Africa Games in Brazaville, Congo, where athletes from Kenya are expected to defend several titles after
excelling in the last Games in South Africa.
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