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Nairobi City Marathon Splashes Money to Become Highest Paying Race in Africa

The Nairobi City Marathon dubbed “Uhuru Classic” will be the highest paying event in Africa.

The winner will run away with US$ 6,000 dollars (Ksh6 million) for the winner of the 42km race with the top 20 earning cash prizes.

In the half marathon (21km), the winner will bag US$ 2,500 dollars (Ksh2.5 million), where the top six will win prize money.

Speaking during the launch of the marathon, Athletics Kenya (AK) Chief (Lt General retired) Jackson Tuwei said the event will be used to officially launch the Nairobi Express Highway and mark president Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy of the road.

He said they are expecting athletes from 120 countries to turn up.

Three categories will be up for grabs including the full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km) and the 10km race and a fun run for recreation.

The marathon will begin at Nyayo stadium, head to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport then move to the City Centre which will be the spectators’ stage before heading to ABC Place in Westlands then back to Nyayo stadium for the finish.

The 21 km race will start at Nyayo Stadium then to Ole Sereni along Mombasa Road then move to ABC Place along Waiyaki Way before going back to the finish at Nyayo stadium.

The marathon will see runners compete 33km of the Express Highway and 9 outside while the half marathon will entirely be run on the express highway.

The 10km will start at the Nyayo National Stadium then head up to Capital Center along Mombasa Road, move to Museum Hill before heading back to the finish at Nyayo stadium.

Tuwei said the route has been certified by World Athletics (WA) and if a world or continental record is broken in any of the races it will be recognized.

Uhuru Classic Marathon to be staged in May

The inaugural Nairobi Expressway Marathon (Uhuru Classic) which has been billed as the highest paying marathon in Africa will be held on May 8, 2022 on the new express highway in Nairobi.

Athletics Kenya President Lt (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei while speaking to the press on Thursday said that the marathon will be in four categories, the full marathon (42km), 21km, 10km and 5km.

The AK president said that more details will roll out at the date of the launch. “This is going to a world class marathon ever held in our country, our standards are world class and we expect to remain there,” said Tuwei.

Athletics Kenya: Former dopers will be allowed to compete for Kenya

Athletics Kenya have dropped their hard stand on athletes who have been for anti-doping rule violation and will now compete for the country at the international level.

This is a U-turn on the federation that some years back said that anybody who had been found guilty for breaking the rule, will not be allowed to wear national colours.

Today, during the press conference at Riadha house said that all athletes, who have served their full doping sentence will compete at the global stage if they qualify in their individual races.

With Kenya still placed in category A by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), ten Kenyan athletes have been suspended this year according to AK data and statistics.

Addressing journalists, the federation president Lt (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei gave detailed information on progress on the war against doping menace in the country.

“All athletes who have served their full doping ban will be allowed to compete in Kenya and internationally if they qualify within their disciplines,” Tuwei said.

He questioned why anyone should deny an opportunity to a hard working athlete and their investment to reach higher grounds.

“Why should we deny anyone the chance and he or she has served the punishment? We will allow them to compete and walk with them through all the doping processes,” said Tuwei.

The president reiterated that no athlete will be allowed to compete for the country if they fail to attend at least three doping education sessions.

This is a requirement that must be met by any athlete failure to which you will not be selected to represent the country.

Top athletes like three-time world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop and his counterpart the 2017 Elijah Manangoi are among the elite athletes who have finished their doping violation ban.

In a phone interview with Athletics News, former Olympic 1,500m champion Kiprop was full of joy and praise for AK for accepting him to compete if he manages to qualify.

“I Appreciate the AK decision for not double punishing me, because this means a lot to me after what I have gone through.” Said Kiprop.

“I had missed the running family, the track, and training with my fellow athletes. Am grateful and I applaud them.”

Kenya is still stuck in Category A of the World Anti-doping regulations. Tuwei said the federation will continue waging war on doping by educating athletes, facilitating mandatory testing, and helping them to fill their whereabouts.

Kenya, which was placed under this category in 2018 and is ranked alongside Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine, remains one of the countries AIU considers as having the highest risk level for doping or ADRVs and not just the risk of having more doping cases

The Athletics Kenya president says the federation will not relent in its bid to reduce doping cases among the athletes.

Geoffrey Kamworor the star to watch at Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour

Three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor will be on startline at the Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour that will be held on February 12 at the Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

Kamworor carries on his shoulders two senior world cross country titles that he won in 2015 and 2017 after the 2011 World Under 20 title.

The announcement was made during the launch of the World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold by the event organizer Barnabas Korir who is also the Athletics Kenya Youth and Development chairman.

The meet will attract forty top notch athletes who have been to the event with many Kenyan athletes expected to join the list once they are selected after the AK National Cross Country Championships that will be held in Eldoret on January 22, 2022.

“Kenya will select up to ten athletes for the event. This will be part of the 40 athletes: 20 women and similar number for men that will take part in the competition. Expect a stiff competition since all athletes will be battling for points,” said Korir.

The guests present during the launch included Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports Dr. Amina Mohamed, Athletics Kenya President (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, Uasin Gishu Governor, Jackson Mandago and Eliud Kipchoge, the world marathon record holder. Other top notch athletes included Kamworor, Faith Kipyegon, Jonathan Korir, Alice Aprot and Rhonex Kipruto.

The race category will the 10km senior men and women, 8km junior men, 6km junior women, U18 6km boys, U18 4km girls, 2km boys and 1km for children and masters race.

The winners will pocket $400,000 (Sh43m) prize money and $75,000 (Sh8m) will be set aside for the best male and female runners in the cross country tour.

Bold Douglas Wakiihuri celebrated

Former world marathon champion Douglas Wakiihuri was the 4th Kenyan to win the Conferment of His Majesty Japanese Emperor’s decoration “the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays.”

The former London marathon champion had achieved a lot in his running career, specifically in marathon running as he serves Wakiihuri, who serves as the official coach for the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

His conferment came on June 11th 2021 when H.E. Mr. Horie Ryoichi, Ambassador of Japan to Kenya, bestowed the Japanese decoration of “the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” upon Mr. Wakiihuri on behalf of the Government of Japan, at the Official Residence of the Ambassador.
The award was first awarded to the Late Wangare Mathai, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed and Ambassador Dennis Awori.

H.E. Mr. Horie Ryoichi, Ambassador of Japan to Kenya,CS Amina Mohammed, Athletics Kenya president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, NOC Sec. Francis Mutuku and Douglas Wakiihuri pose for a photo during the awarding ceremony. PHOTO: Courtesy

The ceremony attracted top government and officials led by Amina, Athletics Kenya president General Jackson Tuwei and acting National Olympics Committee of Kenya Secretary General Mr. Francis Mutuku among others.
The decoration was conferred by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan on 29th of April, the 3rd year of Reiwa (2021) to acknowledge Mr. Wakiihuri’s great contribution to the development and promotion of the bilateral relationship between Japan and Kenya in the sporting and cultural fields.
Mr. Wakiihuri paved way for the practice of running for Japanese works team as a foreigner; being the first Kenyan to do so and now it has become common practice in Japan to see foreign athletes training with young Japanese athletes who go on to become world’s leading marathon runners.
This practice, till today, has provided a lot of stimuli and dreams for Japanese youngsters. And after retirement, Mr. Wakiihuri has been positively engaging in boosting the bilateral cultural relationship
between Japan and Kenya and extending cooperative support on various occasions, such as the organisation of the Nairobi Sotokoto Marathon.
During the conferment, Ambassador Horie conveyed his warm congratulations to Mr. Wakiihuri for his arduous and continuous engagement for the advancement of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Touching upon Mr. Wakiihuri’s unique talent for singing, Ambassador praised the exquisite incorporation of Japanese culture in his songs, which exemplifies his distinguished role of bridging the two countries.
Mr. Wakiihuri, in his remarks, expressed his gratitude to the people of Japan, saying that “I was passed a Tasuki (sash), a sign of responsibility from Japanese people to continue running in the race of life.

This decoration is not only for me but for all of you who cheered for me all through the race. As I stand on the podium today, I extend my sincere gratitude for His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, the Government of Japan, Ambassador Horie, those who are present here today and all the people who have supported me to date”.
Ambassador Horie Ryoichi wished Mr. Wakiihuri, a great athlete and a great singer, the continued success and good health.
After the ceremony, Ambassador Horie and Madam Yuko entertained the guests with several songs in English, Japanese and Swahili and in return Mr. Wakiihuri performed unique songs incorporating Japanese “Kansha”

Athletics Kenya postpone Cross Country series

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.

Kenya submits bid to host 2025 World Championships

Kenya has submitted her bid to host the 2025 World Championships. Athletics Kenya president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said that they have submitted the bid and he is very confident of a positive response.

Kenya has hosted both the World U18 and World U20 championships in the last four years, but faces a string of high-profile rivals — including Tokyo, which staged the Summer Olympics in July.

“We formally confirmed our bid to host the global championships on Friday, Oct. 1, which was the deadline, set by World Athletics,” AK president Tuwei said.

“We organized two very successful world junior championships at the Kasarani stadium in 2017 and in August 2021, where a number of world records and personal bests were realized. We learnt a lot of lessons in staging both events, and realistically it is our time to bring the biggest event.”

Africa has never hosted World Athletics’ premier showpiece, which was first contested in Helsinki in 1983.

Kenyan sports minister Amina Mohammed first announced the country’s bid for the 2025 world championships in Doha in September 2019, after WA said the global event would be held on a rotational basis across continents.

Africa athletics chief, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, said in 2017 that he wished the continent could host the 2025 World Championships, mentioning Kenya as a possible host.

Kip Keino Classic receives Kshs 20 million sponsorship from ABSA Bank

The second edition of the Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour will have 185 athletes who have confirmed to participate on Saturday (18) at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

The Kip Keino Continental Tour has received a financial boost after ABSA Bank sponsored the event to a tune of Kshs 20 million.

Kenya will be hosting the Kipkeino Classic tour for the second time in a row after hosting the first edition last year at the Nyayo National Stadium.

“It is very exciting to see Kenyan athletes do well and it is in this regard that we have partnered with Athletics Kenya for the Continental Tour. As a brand, we draw inspiration from our athletes and I believe the partnership will not only boost the event but also promote tourism through the event,” said Jeremy Awori , the bank’s Chief Executive Officer.

Athletics Kenya president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said that they opted for Kasarani owing to the increased number of entries and the success the facility has had in hosting global events.

“It will be a bigger and more exciting event than last year. 80 athletes have registered for the national events while the discretionary and core events has attracted 185 athletes,”

The meet director, Barnabas Korir who is also the Youth and Development chairman, further stated that, “fans who intend to watch the proceedings from the stands will have to wait for the outcome as negotiations between his office and relevant authorities are ongoing.”

World Cross Country Tour to be held in Eldoret

Athletics Kenya has selected Eldoret as the venue to host the seventh edition of the World Cross country Tour that will be held on February 12, 2022.

The Eldoret which is in Uasin Gishu County, hosted the 2019 World cross country national trials comes just days to the World Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, Australia.

The AK president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, said that Eldoret is the best place for the event during the World Athletics Council meeting since Mombasa had hosted the 2007 World Cross Country Championships with Nairobi staging both the 2017 World Under-18 and 2021 World Under-20 Athletics Championships.

“Eldoret Tour and the world event will be separated by a week and the national team will already be in camp preparing to leave for Australia,” said Tuwei, adding that a team will be put in place to plan for the event.

Athletics Kenya: We are ready to host World Cross Country

Athletics Kenya are in top gear pushing to host the World Cross Country Invitational Tour to be held in February.

After a success World U20 Championships, Kenya is on the top list of countries to host the event.

Speaking to us on phone the AK president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said, “ the federation has put a comprehensive plan to host the event and even better than the 2007 World Cross Country Championship that was held in Mombasa.”

Kenya will be on global stage as they will be hosting the second edition of the World Athletics Continental Tour — otherwise known as Kip Keino Classic on 8th September at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.