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Athletics Kenya announces new dates for All Africa Games trials

Wednesday, February 21st, 2024 17:48 | By
Pink spikes won by Faith Kipyegon during World Athletics Championship. PHOTO/World Athletics
Pink spikes won by Faith Kipyegon during World Athletics Championship. PHOTO/World Athletics

Athletics Kenya has confirmed new dates and venues for the All-African Games national trials and the National Cross-country Championships following the cancellation of the initial trials in honor of the late Kelvin Kiptum.

The trials for the African Games, originally scheduled for February 16 and 17, 2024, at Nyayo Stadium, will now take place on March 5 and 6 at Nyayo Stadium.

All-African games selection

Participants selected during these trials will represent Kenya in the Africa Games set for Accra, Ghana.

Athletics Kenya past Cross-Country trials. PHOTO/(@WilliamsRuto)/X
Athletics Kenya past Cross-Country trials. PHOTO/(@WilliamsRuto)/X

"Trials for African Games event will be held on 5th and 6th March, 2024, at The Nyayo National Stadium. AK will select a team to represent the country at the African Games in Accra," Athletics Kenya announced.

The National Cross-Country Championships are slated for March 2, 2024, at the Kenya Prisons Grounds. This event will determine the Kenyan team for the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Belgrade-2024.

"The National Cross-Country Championships event will be held on March 2, 2024, at The Kenya Prisons Grounds. This event will be used to select team Kenya to the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Belgrade-2024," the statement confirmed.

The 13th edition of the All-Africa Games is scheduled for April and will be held in Accra, Ghana, from March 8 to 23, 2024.

The event is organized in collaboration with the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Association of Africa Sports Confederations (AASC), following a Negotiated Agreement signed in February 2023 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the Management and Organization of the 13th Edition of the African Games.

All-African games postponement

The 13th All-Africa Games, initially slated for August 4-19, 2023, were postponed to 2024 due to various challenges.

Disagreements over marketing rights involving the African Union (AU), Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), and the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC) were resolved on February 19, 2024, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, facilitated by the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.

All set for Ol Kalou Athletics Kenya Cross Country leg
The winner of the senior women’s 10km race during the Athletics Kenya cross country meet in Ol Kalou, Nyandarua County last year, Beatrice Chebet (034) leads other runners at the start of the race. PHOTO/ David Macharia

Ghana faced difficulties in hosting the Games, with delays in completing the required facilities. The main arena for the games, located in Borteyman, and the University of Ghana stadium were behind schedule in construction.

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