NAIROBI, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Excitement is building up ahead of the inaugural Nairobi World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series after the Kenyan government and the organizers launched the event slated for Oct. 3.
The day-long event, named the Kip Keino Classic in honor of Kenyan Olympic legend Kipchoge Keino, will see the country host its first sporting event since the COVID-19 outbreak put on hold sporting events in March.
"It's a great honor for Kenya to host this level of competition, this comes after many years of middle and long distances prowess. We as a country are ready to host over 150 top global stars," said Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Sports.
The launch comes after last week's government directives on the partial resumption of sporting activities in the country.
So far the World Continental Tour has covered six cities, and Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei said Kenya is ready for the global showpiece.
"We are ready to host an excellent event, we already have a huge provisional entry which will be released this week. And the entry of runners will close on Sept. 25. The invitation of athletes will be based on the global ranking, results from Doha world championships, All Africa Games and national athletics champions," Tuwei said.
Keino, who attended the launch, called on the government to improve the facilities in order to help Kenyan youth embrace sports.
"This is a great event for Kenya, I'm excited to be associated with the event. My call is for the government to improve the facilities and put up new ones to enable our youth to explore sports in all disciplines," said Keino. Enditem