NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is hopeful that half of its 60-member team
heading to the Africa Athletics Championships will qualify for
the IAAF Continental Cup, which will be held in Ostrava, Czech
Republic in September.
Athletics Kenya (AK)
President Jack Tuwei has warned elite athletes that they must
give their best to secure tickets to the Africa Championships
during the Kenyan trials in Nairobi in June.
The Africa Championships will be held in Asaba, Nigeria in
Speaking in Nairobi,
Tuwei said that with no Olympics or World Championships, the
Africa Championships remains the top competition in the
continent and each athlete must strive to make the Kenyan team.
“We have many elite runners and many opted not to compete in the
Africa Championships in 2016. But this year is different, [the]
top two winners in each discipline will secure [a] ticket to the
IAAF Continental Cup and we want to have as many Kenyans as
possible in the Africa team,” he said on Friday in Nairobi.
Intercontinental Cup was held in Marrakech, Morocco in September
2014. Africa, Europe, America and the Asia-Pacific will each
send one team to compete in the tournament.
Each team will have a legendary athlete as an honorary captain
with Africa nominating Moroccan Nezha Bidouan, the legendary
In the last
tournament, Europe topped the medal table with 16 golds ahead of
America, who secured 12 and Africa who finished third by
clinching 11 gold medals.
“We have made changes in our calendar of events so as to admit as many
elite runners as possible and not disrupt their programs at the
Diamond League. National trials for [the] African Championships
were originally set for July 5-7 but will now take place on June
21-23 so as to give a chance to our athletes to participate at
the Zurich Diamond League,” Tuwei said.
The IAAF Continental
Cup will be held in September in Ostrava.
“The new competition format will mean more drama, not only for the
individual events but also in the team competition. It should
also bring more fun for the spectators,” Tuwei said.