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Kasarani To Be Full to The Brim After Entry Fee for The Kip Keino Classic is Waived Off

Kenyans are set to flood the Kasarani Stadium in thousands on Saturday to enjoy the Kip Keino Classic that will be graced by world athletics stars.

The expected attendance has received a shot in the arm after Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed waived off the entry charges.

Amina urged Kenyans to flock to the stadium to give a boost to their compatriots taking part in the annual global event.

According to the former Education CS, the event is so far a success noting that the Kip Keino Classic has been on an upward trajectory in the country.

“The fact that the field has Olympic, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and continental medallists attests to the growth of the Kip Keino Classic,” Amina said.

The Continental Tour has attracted a galaxy of athletics stars from all over the globe, estimated to be at 160, with Amina welcoming them to the East African nation.

Sports CS Amina Mohamed. PHOTO/Courtesy

The CS who was at the venue of the event hopes that its success can convince the international community that Kenya is ready to host the 2025 World Athletics Championships.

“We have written to World Athletics to upgrade this Continental Gold Tour event to a Diamond League status next year. We hope our wish will be granted,” Amina added.

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala is one of the athletes who will fly the Kenyan flag at Kasarani and has already issued a warning to Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs (Italy) and Olympic 200m silver medalist Fred Kerley (USA) ahead of their 100m showdown.

“I wholeheartedly welcome Jacobs to come and watch our beautiful Big Five at Nairobi National Park but not beat me at home. I won’t allow that!” Omanyala said in a previous interview.

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