AK to honour athletes


NAIROBI, Kenya, November 1- A banner year for Kenya athletics will culminate into a ‘Golden Gala’ dinner on December 15 when athletes will be feted.Organising committee chairman Joseph Kinyua said on Wednesday that Athletics Kenya (AK) was obliged to hold the event going by how Kenyan runners conquered the world in 2010.

“No other year has been near 2010. Six of the major championships, the World Cross Country, Africa Athletics championships, World Junior Championships, Commonwealth Games, the Continental Cup and the World Half Marathon in China were good for Kenya where it registered its best ever performances,” said Kinyua.

“All the women who won gold in those events will be honoured. We shall also honour coaches, team managers and head of delegations because they inspired the teams,” he added.

Eight hundred metres world record holder and newly crowned IAAF Male Athlete of the Year David Rudisha who was present at the announcement hailed the move as one that will help spur athletes to achieve more greatness on the track.

“I’m very happy that AK is organizing this gala. It will help motivate us because when we feel that we are being appreciated one way or the other, its very important and it propels us to do more,” said Rudisha.

Rudisha spoke after AK received Sh2 million in sponsorship from National Bank of Kenya.

The event will be held at Crowne Plaza Hotel.