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2021 Ndalat Gaa Cross country cancelled

Organizers of the Ndalat Gaa Cross Country have cancelled this year’s edition, just like last years.

The meet director Abraham Mutai, who also serves as Athletics Kenya Central Rift chairman assured that the race will be held in 2022 after the COVID -19 pandemic affected their plans in two years running.

The race, which was renamed as Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Gaa Cross country is set to celebrate the late Isaiah Kiplagat who served as the president of the Athletics Kenya (AK).

“It is unfortunate that we will not be hosting the event now heading into two years, which is a big blow to our upcoming athletes with the race well known for sporting and nurturing junior runners for future great athletes,” said Mutai.

He said that Safaricom as the main sponsor has not been doing much in sponsoring many activities.

“For us, we really base on junior athletes, that is why in our events, we have many junior categories unlike other events. Our purpose is not just running but what we can produce at the end of the day is what matters most,” he said.

This year’s edition could have been in its twelfth year.

Mwaniki re-appointed to handle team Kenya in Nigeria

Sprints coach Stephen Mwaniki has for the second time been appointed as the Team Kenya tactician for the Africa Senior Athletics Championships.

Mwaniki who is Athletics Kenya (AK) Kenya Prisons branch Public Relations Officer (PRO) will be leading Team Kenya at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria scheduled for August 1st-5th.

Mwaniki guided the country’s team to victory during Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Nairobi in 2010 when he was first appointed to the post.

Kenya won the overall title under Mwaniki by scooping 25 medals which included 10 gold, seven silver and right bronze medals at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The AK Central Rift chairman Abraham ‘Solo’ Mutai has been appointed as the Team Manager.

The trials for the Asaba bound team will be held on June 21-23 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

The AK supremo Jackson Tuwei said they expected to select a team of between 60-70 athletes during trials to go and do duty for Kenya in Nigeria.

He said the first two to cross the line and the third one to be determined by a technical team of selectors in their selection criteria.

The president said athletes who made Kenya’s team for the World under 20 will be allowed to compete and may be considered to join the senior team if they qualify during the trials.

Tuwei said AK expects several elite athletes to compete given that the this year’s event in Nigeria will be used to select Africa’s team for the Inter Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech republic on September 8-9.