Students competing in Decathlon, Heptathlon and cross country will not have an opportunity to showcase their talents after Kenya secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) scrapped off the events in the new co-curriculum schools activities.
The Ministry of Education omitted the disciplines from the secondary schools sports calendar of events released to school heads.
The three disciplines have over the years featured in the games calendar and their omission raised fears that they had been abolished from the annual schools sports showpiece.
KSSSA chairman Peter Orero said the Ministry had only decided to make the games more competitive and that decathlon, heptathlon and cross country have now been merged under athletics.
“The three disciplines are here to stay. They are now just under athletics and will be held alongside the Term One Games next year. Initially, they used to be listed separately from athletics,” Orero said.
Similarly, rugby 15s and sevens which were previously held in Term One and Two respectively, will now be held in Term One.
“With rugby sevens and 15’s being played together, schools will dig deep to tap more talents and ensure they field two strong teams, thus identifying more talents which could otherwise not be discovered,” he added.
According to the calendar, next year’s National Term One Games will be held at the at Shimo La Tewa School and Shanzu Teachers Training College in Mombasa County from April 5 to 14.