This will be the busiest year for Athletics Kenya calendar with major events lined up for the Kenyan Athletes.
Local and global events have been lined up with Kenya having the rights to host the biggest athletic event ever held in Kenya.
“This is the biggest event ever to be held in Kenyan history and it’s the sixth event to be held in Africa, said the World Under 18 CEO Mwangi Muthee, during the media briefing at Kasarani.”
The Under 18 championships will be very important to the country an event which will be the second to be hosted in Kenya after the IAFF World Cross Country that was held in 2007 in Mombasa.
There are fears of the country not being ready to host the event due to time frame in preparation and also some concern about the security of the foreign countries, that has forced Britain and three more countries to withdraw from the event.
The first major event for Kenyan athletes will be the IAAF World Cross Country Championships that will be held in March in Kampala, Uganda.
Kenya hold the defending champion crown with Geofrey Kamworor and Agnes Tirop holding individual senior categories.
Kenya topped the world for the first time in athletic history at the 2015 World championships in Beijing.
It registered seven gold, six silver and three bronze for a total of 16 medals beating Jamaica and USA to second and third overall position respectively.
Beijing an Rio head coach Julius Kirwa has been tasked with the leadership of team kenya as it prepares for the world championships in London.
“This is another year for Kenya to showcase its talent in athletics and I am happy that we have welcomed it. We are looking for better performances in London,’Kirwa said.
After the World Cross country championships in Kampala the focus shifts to World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas that will be held in April 22 – 23 then in May Africa Youth Championships in Nigeria.
Then action comes to Kenya for the World Under-18 Championships at Kasarani then in August the event goes to London for the World Athletics Championships.
Last but not least, its an election year for athletics Kenya and campaigns might start soon or later and we are eagerly waiting to see who will trounce who or who will remain in office.
Proffessional Athletics Association of Kenya (PAAK) President Wilson Kipsang has for the past year been calling for new blood in the Riadha house.
Nairobi PAAK secretary general Julius Mwangi has even on many occassions stormed the Riadha house with athletes demanding for their rights to be taken into consideration.
The athletes are Moses Tanui, Julius Korir, Julius Kariuki, Christopher Kosgei, Wilson Boit, Susan Sirma, Leah Malot, Nixon Kiprotich, Hosea Kogo and Mary Chemweno.
They sued AK, Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, Registrar of Sports, Registrar of Societies and the Attorney-General.