Kenya the World long distance running ace has come forward to help Sri Lankan long and middle range distance runners after Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa’s discussion with his Kenyan counterpart, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture Amb. Amina Mohamed.
The meeting was highly successful with the aim of strengthening bilateral ties between the two nations and especially Minister Rajapaksa has focused on lifting the standard of local athletics. Both countries agreed to share their knowledge and seek expert advice from veteran athletes to lift the athletic standard.
Sri Lankan will send ten (10) local middle and long distance athletes who will receive training in Kenya end of this year or during the first quarter of the next year.
The training will help them to reach international level by providing them with comprehensive training. It will be a great opportunity for Lankan athletes to train in Kenya, a country which has dominated long distance running.
Kenya is a power house in producing producing top ranked champion athletes in Eliud Kipchoge (World Marathon record holder), Ezekiel Kemboi (3000m Steeplechase), Hellen Obiri (5000m – Women’s), Beatrice Chepkoech (World 3000m Steeplechase record holder) Brigid Kosgei(World women marathon record Holder) Faith Kipyegon (Oylumpic 1500m Champion).