NAIROBI, Kenya, April 22 – Athletics Kenya (AK) has invited over 104 athletes for Saturday’s final Safaricom Relays Series meeting where the country’s team for the May 23 and 24 inaugural IAAF World Relays Championships in Bahamas will be selected.
The event that was initially scheduled for Kasarani has been shifted to Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium to attract more spectators.
AK has appointed a five member panel of selectors led by National Olympic Committee Kenya chairman Kipchoge Keino, national coach Sammy Rono, Sports Commissioner Gordon Oluoch, athlete’s representative Noah Ngeny and Joyce Odhiambo to decide the final team.
“We have invited all athletes who have been consistent and set good times since the Safaricom relay series started and also those who have competed in the World Championships, Olympics and World Indoor Games but it will be up to the panel of selectors to decide who makes the team.
“We shall run the straight events first where we have invited athletes for 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m then the panel of selectors will decide who makes it to the main relay event that will kick-off in the afternoon.
“We are taking this event very seriously since Kenya is the world record holder of 4x800m and 4x1500m men and women. Looking at the way our athletes have prepared for this event a record can be set during the Trials in both events so we have proper timing equipment,” AK vice-president in charge of administration and competitions, David Okeyo said in a media briefing at Riadha House on Tuesday.
He urged all athletes invited to confirm their participation by Friday so that they can work on the final start list and logistics.
The Local Organising Committee has proposed the names of coaches and officials that will accompany the team to Bahamas but will have to wait until Wednesday to be ratified by the Executive Committee.
The team that will be named will head to camp from May 1 to 16 before they depart the following day for the first World Relay Championships.
Athletes will compete in the 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m, 4 x 400m, 4 x 800m and 4 x 1500m races with the country focused on presenting strong men and women team for the latter events where it is hinging most of her medal prospects on.