Botswana due in Kenya for athletics championships

17:23, July 13, 2010      

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Botswana athletes could be the first to touch down in Nairobi for the 17th African Athletics Championships.

According to the organizers, athletes from the South African nation are due in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, 15 days ahead of the five-day continental event that is being hosted here for the first time.

Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive, David Okeyo, said they had emailed the Botswana athletics authorities for them to confirm the travel details they had sent to the event's secretariat indicating they would arrive on Tuesday.

"We are ready to welcome them and have made plans for Botswana and other teams who will arrive earlier," Okeyo told local media while revealing their neighbors, Namibia are expected on Wednesday with a number of Francophone countries following suit thereafter.

With the host venue, Nyayo National Stadium closed for final renovations, early visitors will be directed to share the warm-up facility of Kenya's biggest sporting arena, Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani complex in the outskirts of the capital.

Just like Nyayo, the complex main stadium is also closed for renovations.

Kenya's squad is already training in Kasarani where according to head coach Stephen Mwaniki, 95 out of the selected 142 have reported to camp.

Tuesday also marks the deadline of submission of final entries by teams who will compete in the continental competition and Okeyo stated LOC would release details on competitors entered for the five-day event on Wednesday.

Beijing Olympics 5,000m bronze medallist, Edwin Soi is among four top runners who linked up with Kenya's training camp over the weekend.

Source: Xinhua


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