18 February 2013

Africa: Ak to Hold Africa Youth Trials Early Next Month

Athletics Kenya will on March 9 hold national trials to select a team to represent the country at the first Africa Youth Championships set for March 28 to 31 in Nigeria.

AK youth development chairman, Jackson Tuwei, said the selection will be held at the Nyayo Stadium, where they will be seeking to select a strong team.

Tuwei appealed to all AK affiliates to send representatives as they seek to select a team of between 15 and 20 athletes.He also appealed to the affiliates to ensure that athletes registered for the trials are within the IAAF age provision. "Only athletes born between 1997 and 1999 are eligible for selection," said Tuwei.

The championship was moved to Nigeria after initial hosts Rwanda withdrew their status citing financial constraints.Rwanda observed that they are not in a position to facilitate the necessary services including accommodation, modern track, security, communication systems and training venues.

Among the events to take place are 100m, 110m-H, high jump, 200m, 400mH, triple jump, pole vault, 800m, 1500m medley relays (100-200-300-400) and 3,000m for both men and women.

Others are 400m, 2,000m steeplechase, long jump, 10.000, race walking, shot put, discus, octathlon hammer and javelin for men as well as 5,000m, race walking, shot put, , heptathlon hammer and Javelin throw for women.

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