NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The third leg of the African Athletics Tour, which was scheduled
for May 19 in Nairobi, has been postponed indefinitely.
“The CAA African
Athletics Tour that was to be held on May 19 in Nairobi has been
postponed to a later date that will be communicated,” Athletics
Kenya said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
The one day event is
supposed to simulate the lucrative IAAF Diamond League.
Athletics Kenya (AK) Senior Vice-President in Charge of
Competitions, had announced that the one-day meet will only have
athletes invited across the continent, who will compete in
designated track and field events along the lines of the Diamond
League athletics competitions.
“The objective of
the event is to have athletes within the continent compete
against and get to know each other because most of them hardly
have time to encounter one another,” said Mutwii.
The tour is the
first pan African circuit of five meetings created by CAA in
close collaboration with the federations of South Africa,
Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Congo.
“It is a series of
one-day meetings which are organized in compliance with
technical regulations designed by CAA,” said Mutwii.
The first meeting
was held in Cape Town (March 22), followed by Asaba (Nigeria) on
May 5. Nairobi’s turn was to be on May 19 before giving way to
Brazzaville (May 26) and the finals in Addis Ababa on June 17.
This will then pave
way for the bi-annual Africa Athletics Championships, which will
be held in Asaba, Nigeria in August.
The top two runners
in each discipline will earn tickets to compete at the IAAF
World Cup (Intercontinental Cup) in Ostrava, the Czech Republic.
It is the only world
cup contested by teams representing entire continents, rather
than just those of individual countries.
Most elite track and
field African stars rarely compete in their countries and CAA is
keen to establish competition that will bring the best to a fest
of entertainment in Africa.
World half marathon champion
Kamworor back to action at Bengaluru 10K
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor, who captured
his third IAAF world half marathon crown in Valencia in March,
is to return to action at the 2018 TCS Bengaluru world 10K,
according to organizers.
Kamworor, the New
York marathon champion, clocked 60:02 to hold on the world half
marathon crown he won at the 2014 and 2016 editions in Denmark
and Cardiff with the Kenyan distance running star being keen on
impressing at Bengaluru.
“I took some rest
after Valencia and before starting my preparations towards
Bengaluru. I hold the course record at this race (27:44) so I
know about the course and the city. I have some very good
memories about running in India and I have also run in Delhi in
the past, so I am looking forward to the race,” Kamworor
commented from his home in northwest Kenya on Tuesday.
“People will be
asking me about times and whether I can run another course
record, but I just want to come to Bengaluru to run a nice race,
especially as there will not be any pacemakers this year.
“I expect the
organizers will have some other strong runners in the race so
I’m sure will have a good battle,” the two-time IAAF world cross
senior champion added.
Kenyan born Abraham
Cheroben of Bahrain (60:22) and Aron Kifle of Eritrea (60:31)
followed Kamworor for silver and bronze in Valencia.
International, will unveil the rest of the elite fields in the
event where Ethiopian Netsabet Gudeta, who set a new half
marathon world record of 66:11 to win the corresponding crown in
Valencia, fronting the women’s race at Bengaluru.
“Of course, I set
the women-only world record for the half marathon in Valencia
and that was a race without pacemakers. I have also run times
for 10,000m on the track (personal best 30:36.75, 2016) and 10km
on the road (31:35, 2017) that are better than the course record
but the most important thing for me is to win,” the Ethiopian