“This being the first time we are hosting the event, it is not about Athletics Kenya but all of us including the government and private sector putting in effort to make the meet a success.” – Mr Barnaba Korir, Chariman, @athletics_kenya Nairobi Divisionhttps://t.co/NBPP1OPu04
— Kipkeino Classic Continental Tour (@KipKeinoClassic) August 30, 2020
The Kip Keino Classic will be outstanding. I wish I could be there, but pandemic challenges stops that. Nairobi will host history, with the first World Athletics Continental Tour Gold Meeting on African soil. This is a huge deal. Kenyan sports fans will love it. My guess is that the crowds will be limited due to COVID-19, but the competition and enthusiasm will be real.
This could be a lot of fun.
Nairobi getting ready
— Continental Tour Gold (@ContiTourGold) September 11, 2020
NAIROBI (KEN): Kenya and Nairobi is preparing to host the first World Athletics Continental Tour Gold Meeting on African soil (October 3). The anticipation over the tour is high, partly because it will be the first major athletics event on the continent since the coronavirus struck. “This is an event that is really important, especially for Africa,” says Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei. “It is going to open our sports in the country and most likely in Africa, because since Covid-19, there has not been any major championship in Africa.” Amongst those signed on is world 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot, who took part in a virtual 2000m race at the Oslo Impossible Games and more recently won the 1500m in Monaco. 3000m steeplechase world champion Conseslus Kipruto was also scheduled to compete but this is no longer certain as he recently tested positive for Covid-19 and was not able to travel to Monaco for the Wanda Diamond League meeting. There are plans to admit up to 15,000 fans in the 30,000-seater stadium. Informs World Athletics.