The Star (Nairobi)

15 February 2013

Kenya: Eyes On Trials

Twelve foreign athletes have confirmed participation for the national cross country championships planned for tomorrow at Uhuru Gardens tomorrow.

The event according to the IAAF rules must attract a minimum of four countries to qualify as an IAAF Permit Meeting.

Among athletes, who have confirmed participation are--Ndiho Vianney (Burundi), Godiraone Nthomph (Botswana), Valentin Pfeil, Christian Steinhammer (Austria), Agostino Sulle (Tanzania), Lee Macarron and Daniel Mcneil (Canada). All the seven foreign athletes will feature in the 12-km race.

Uganda have also entered two athletes--Soyekwa Kibet and Adero Nyakisi, who will feature in thesenior men's race. In the senior women's 8km category has attracted Hatungima Yvette (Burundi) , Kefilwe Gaeitsiwe (Botswana) and Angelina Tsere (Tanzania).

Athletics Kenya (AK) chairman Isaiah Kiplagat said preparations for the event are complete and played down the absence of world cross country champion Vivian Cheruiyot and twice runner up Linet Masai.

"As a federation, we are not worried bout the absence of Vivian and Linet. I believe we have a very strong line-up and we will come up with a strong team for the world event. We also hope to defend the titles we won in Punta Umbria in 2011," added Kiplagat.

Kiplagat said the technical team had worked on the route following complaints from the athletes and the course is in good shape for the event.

Twenty four places are up for the grabs in tomorrow's meeting to decide who represents the country at the World Cross Country Championships for Poland in next month. Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) chief executive officer, Joshua Oigara, said the bank has made great strides in sports sponsorship, particularly in athletics over the past six years.

"We recognise sport and youth are an important component of the social political and economic future of this nation as they make up the majority of our population," noted Oigara

He expressed delight that sports investment continues to give the bank tremendous visibility through publicity, branding, sales activations and business networking.

A total of 12 teams have registered for the Westlands Club chess tournament planned for this weekend at Nairobi International School. Organised in partnership with Nairobi International School (NIS), the event will see 61 players under the age of 20 from various chess clubs, schools and universities in Nairobi fight for the top prize. The event has also attracted players from as far as Naivasha and Kandara

Favourites Westland Chess Club Sumbawas will face stiff competition from NIS Warriors, Kabete Cares Mighty Chariots, Nairobi Academy, Strathmore University Seal Team, Aberdare A, B and C, Kandara Brand Warriors, Tritonite Stars and Braeside High Team 'A' and 'B'. Each team will field 4 players with up to 2 reserves. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams overall and top 3 performers on boards.

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