Renovations at Kip Keino Stadium leave athletes stranded

Eglay Nalianya second (left), a 800m athlete preparing to qualify for the world Relays and Tokyo Olympic Games, and other athletes ponder their next move outside Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County on April 7, 2021, after they were denied access to its tartan track. Construction of the facility is ongoing and the athletes, some who are preparing for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, complained that they do not have an alternative field to do speed work.

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What you need to know:

  • Just like they have been doing for the last few months, the athletes woke up and went to the stadium to continue with their preps only to be turned away from the facility by the contractors who are working on the site
  • A notice seen by Nation Sport at the entrance of the facility states that no sporting events will go on at the stadium until further notice
  • In less than a month, the world will be converging in Chorzow, Poland for the World Relays and a number of Kenyan athletes are still struggling to qualify for the games due to lack of competitions

Athletes preparing for the World Relays and Olympics Games in Eldoret were on Wednesday morning handed a rude shock after they were locked out of the Kipchoge Keino Stadium.


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