In Summary
  • However, the statement clarified that AK will use the National Championships to select the men and women’s 10,000m teams for the World Championships planned from September 28- October 6 in Doha

  • Zurich and Brussels legs scheduled for August 29 and September 6 will act as the Diamond League finals

  • Tuwei disclosed that they must compete with the rest to earn places in the team during the national trials where the first three athletes to cross the line would make the team

Athletics Kenya (AK) has pushed the trials for the IAAF World Championships from this month to September 12-13 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

A statement from AK on Tuesday indicated that the National Championships that was to coincide with the trials from August 20-22 will go on as scheduled.

However, the statement clarified that AK will use the National Championships to select the men and women’s 10,000m teams for the World Championships planned from September 28- October 6 in Doha.

AK said the changes have been effected at the request of top elite athletes, some of whom have engagements in the IAAF Diamond League series in Europe.

AK Committee member Barnaba Korir noted that the trials were planned at a time Birmingham Grand Prix and Paris legs of the Diamond League were slated to take place on August 18 and August 24 respectively.

“Athletics Kenya has taken these requests into consideration and will, therefore, hold this event on the said dates to give the athletes an opportunity to compete in these leagues and gain points for the finals,” said the statement.

Zurich and Brussels legs scheduled for August 29 and September 6 will act as the Diamond League finals.

“For sure it’s wise if we are to give them an opportunity not only to make money but also compete in their favourite events,” said AK committee member Barnaba Korir.

The trials will be on invitation only and Korir indicated that the selection criteria will not change despite change of dates.

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