Kenya seeks hot weather training camp for World C'ships in Doha

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-04 22:05:06|Editor: xuxin
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NAIROBI, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's athletics coach Julius Kirwa says his team will have to move its training camp from Nairobi to a warmer area in order to help the athletes acclimatize ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Doha later this month.

Kirwa said the team would train in the heat of Kajiado, in order to represent similar conditions to the Qatari capital.

"We may need to train in hot and humid areas like Kajiado and the Athi River around midday to compete well in Doha," Kirwa said on Wednesday in Nairobi.

The coach, who has recently arrived from Doha, says the city is hot and humid, and that dehydration will be a major concern.

The World Championships has been pushed back to October from its traditional start date of August due to the heat, and action is being taken to ensure that athletes are able to perform in the extreme heat.

Temperatures in Doha can rise above 45 degrees Celsius, some 30 degrees warmer than Nairobi's current climate.

However, the IAAF says Qatari organizers have put in place technological advances to ensure the World Championships pass off uninterrupted, including an air-conditioned stadium and a midnight marathon.

Buoyed by a good performance at the Africa Games in Morocco, Kirwa is relishing the challenge of sending a big contingent of 70 Kenyan athletes to the World Championships.

At the Africa Games, Kenya entered the sixth largest contingent of 259 athletes behind hosts Morocco (401) and Egypt (325), Nigeria (311), Algeria (268) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (263).

"We have talent coming through and it will be a major battle pitting young athletes against experienced ones during the national trials," said Kirwa, with the Kenyan team to be announced on September 12 and 13.

However, the country will miss the services of three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor, who, despite winning the trials in the 10,000m, has opted to compete instead at the New York Marathon on November 3.

"I hope the younger athletes will carry the baton and do a good job in Doha. I want to focus on the marathon," said Kamworor.

Kenya will therefore have to rely on world junior 5,000m champion Rhonex Kipruto, Alex Oloitiptip and Rodgers Kwemoi.

In the women's 10,000m race, Olympic silver medalist Hellen Obiri will team up with world bronze medalist Agnes Tirop and Rosemary Wanjiru.