Kenya’s 2024 National Cross-Country Championships Postponed: Here’s Why

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The 2024 Kenya National Cross-Country Championships and the fourth track and field weekend meet have been postponed, according to a press release from Athletics Kenya (AK). This decision was made after the confirmation of the Africa Cross Country Championships, which is returning for the first time since 2018. The national event, originally scheduled for February 24th, has been moved to March 9th. This change allows Kenyan runners to participate in the Africa Cross Country Championships, taking place on February 25th in Tunis, Tunisia.

Kenya’s success at the previous Africa Cross Country Championships, held in Algeria six years ago, has heightened anticipation for this year’s event. The reigning 10km world record holder, Rhonex Kipruto, won the African under 20 men’s title, while Hellen Ekalale finished third in the women’s category. The 2020 edition of the championships was postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic and was eventually canceled.

Furthermore, AK announced that the selection of Kenya’s team for the African Championships will be made at the Sirikwa Classic World Cross Country Tour. Additionally, changes have been made to the fourth track and field weekend meet. Originally scheduled for March 22nd to 23rd in Kisii, it will now take place on April 5th to 6th at the same venue.

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