Double World 5000m Champion, Hellen Obiri’s plans to relocate to United States has been put on hold due to Visa hitch.
This move comes after the Tokyo Games silver medallist in 10000m penned down a contract in December with the On Running which is an athletic shoe and performance sportswear company originating in Switzerland that designs and markets sports clothing and running shoes.
“I was meant to move with my family to the US but we have experienced some Visa hurdles. The process of applying for permanent residence is not open until next year do I will continue training in Kenya until that is made possible,” Obiri said, in an interview with Mozzart Sport.
Routine visa services remain limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi continues to operate with reduced staffing.
The 32 year-old is the only woman who has won the world titles, indoor and outdoor track and Cross Country. She is in the process of transitioning to road racing with the backing of the Zurich-based performance brand.
“We are immensely proud and honored to have Hellen Obiri join the On Running team. Over the years, Hellen has wowed us with her drive, determination and dedication to the sport.” said On Co-Founder Olivier Bernhard.
“Obiri was a crucial signing due to her ability to adapt to run both on track and road.”The versatility of Obiri’s success in both track and road proves there is so much more to come, and we are thrilled to be a part of her next journey.” Obiri plans to relocate with her family to Boulder, Colorado to continue her training as well as raise her daughter in a new country for the first time.” Bernhard concluded.