The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: AK, KSSSA Blend Calendar to Accomodate New Changes

ATHLETICS Kenya (AK) have agreed to accommodate the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) calendar this season.

The move follows a meeting attended by AK, top Ministry of Education officials and the KSSSA executive in Nairobi last week at Riadha House.

AK youth committee chairman, Jackson Tuwei, said the meeting at Riadha House had agreed to adopt the changes and have already communicated them to schools through a Ministry of Education circular.

"We agreed to adopt the school calendar that brings athletics to Term One instead of Term Two because we rely heavily on schools for the trials and selection of juniors and youth to world events.

This year, we have the African Youth in Wari, Nigeria in April," said Tuwei.

He said AK prepared their calendar in October as per the international athletics requirements and summoned KSSSA and Education Ministry officials to harmonise their activities, only to realise the changes would favour them ahead of the newly introduced African youth event.

Last week, KSSSA chairman Ngetich Kimuta flanked by secretary David Ngugi and treasurer Kariuki Gikonyo met the Tuwei-led AK team to review the changes.

Term One usually has heptathlon and decathlon as well as cross-country whereas Term Two, which has a packed program features Term Two 'A' games including athletics, netball and handball. Term Two 'B' has football, volleyball and rugby.

Kimutai said KSSSA recommended the changes considering the fact that it was stressful to hold athletics immediately after the schools open in May and go on to hold AK's trials for either World Junior Championship or World Youth Championship.

"We moved heptathlon and decathlon to Term Two because they are games that have no deadline headaches like athletics that await world junior trials late May or early June at a time when schools are preparing for Term Two 'B' games," said Kimutai.

He said the nationals for Term One games will take place at Mang'u High School and Thika Municipal Stadium between April 14 to 21. He said the move was aimed at giving schools a breather.

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