Athletics Kenya has postponed the first and second leg of the Cross Country Championships series that were set to be held in Machakos and Iten respectively in honor of world 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop who was found dead in her house at the free-area in Iten, Egeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday morning.
The AK president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said the best thing is to postpone the competitions that were to be held at the Machakos People’s Park next this weekend, so they allow the athletics fraternity to mourn and prepare a proper send-off for Tirop.
“In view of the latest developments, in honor of our fallen athlete, we have postponed the first and second legs of the AK Cross Country Series. The same goes for any other athletics events that were planned within the next two weeks,” said Tuwei.
“As a federation and in our individual capacities, we once more, condemn this atrocious murder. Nothing justifies taking the life of another person. Albeit the circumstances leading to this incident remain unclear, this was a death that was quite unnecessary and a huge blow not only to the athletics fraternity but also the local sporting industry of which Tirop was one of the fastest rising stars” The AK president said.
AK will pay a visit to the family of the deceased tomorrow to condole with them.