The two neighbouring counties of Embu and Tharaka Nithi have been stripped off the hosting rights for the third leg of Athletics Kenya (AK) track and field events scheduled for this weekend.
After the first and second legs were held in Nairobi and Kisumu respectively, the third leg was initially set for Embu Stadium but Kenya’s athletics governing body moved it to Kirubia Stadium which is in Tharaka Nithi County.
The two neighbouring counties have however painfully seen the hosting rights taken away after an inspection of Kirubia stadium by Athletics Kenya officials deemed the venue unfit for hosting the event.
“The stadium is good, yes, it has got a very good tartan but then we had a few concerns since it cannot accommodate field events and also the 110m hurdles. Our intention is to expose our athletes to the highest standards possible and that is why we have opted to move the meet to Nyayo,” said AK senior vice president Paul Mutwii.
The track and field event will now be held at the Nyayo National Stadium as Kirubia Stadium does not meet the standards.
Kisumu’s Moi Stadium hosted the second leg last two weeks ago and the weekend’s leg will be the second for Nyayo National Stadium with AK expecting a massive turnout.
“We are very impressed with the way our athletes are now taking these events very seriously. We are particularly very encouraged with the sprinters who have continued to show up in numbers. This is very important since we want to diversify our medal prospects in major championships,” Mutwii added.
As Nyayo hosts the third leg on March 5, Kakamega will play host to the final meet, two weeks later.
The National Championship set for Kasarani from April 28-30 in what will be a culmination of the meets.