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2009 athletics calendar released

NAIROBI, October 23 – The 2008-2009 athletics calendar will start next month with the first round of the national cross country series in Machakos.

The meet which is scheduled for November 8 at Machakos High School will be the first of the six round series that will culminate at the national cross country championships on February 21, 2009.

Releasing the annual calendar on Thursday, Athletics Kenya secretary David Okeyo said that next year’s nationals will also double up as trials for the World Cross Country Championships in Amman.

“We decided that rather than have the championships followed by the trials, it would be better to have both on the same day. However we shall discuss criteria for selecting participants to ensure that we get the best possible quality field,” Said Okeyo.

The track and field season will start in Kisumu on March on 8. 

New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC) will again sponsor the weekend meetings which will climax at the national athletics championships set for June 25 to 27th at Nyayo national stadium.

Like this year, there will be a training camp for all world Championships probables ahead of the national trials for World Athletics Championships that will be held on July 25.

With Kenya set to compete at the World Youth Championships in Italy in July, the national primary and secondary schools championships will be held in early June while the national trials will be held on June 15-16.

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The seventh edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi marathon will be held on 25th of October.

Meanwhile, AK has ordered the repeat of the turbulent Nairobi branch elections.

AK Chairman Isaiah Kiplagat said Thursday that an arbitration panel constituted to determine the dispute in the branch had ruled that the elections had been so flawed and declared them null and void.

The panel ordered thus ordered for fresh elections in the next one month.

Kiplagat added that they will divide the troubled branch into eight districts which will enable it raise 24 members who will then elect a branch committee.

“We have decided to make each Nairobi constituency a district which therefore means that each will have three delegates who will then go and elect their own 14 members of the executive committee.

“We have also appointed a committee that will work together with the Provincial sports director to carry out the elections. It will be chaired by Paul Mutwii and assisted by Bernard Njoka

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