World U-20 preliminary trials in a fortnight- Korir

Athletics Kenya will be hosting the World under 20 pre-trials in a fortnight where they are expected to select 70 athletes to head to camp, hoping to retain the overall title they won in Tampere, Finland.

According to Daily Nation, the athletes’ federation will host the World Under-20 Championships planned from August 17-22 next year at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

The juniors will be selected during the preliminary trials due November 20-21 this year at the Nyayo National Stadium, according to AK director for youth and development, Barnaba Korir.

“Unlike before, we shall minimise the camps where the focus will be on the athletes we shall have selected,” said Korir, adding that there will be a camp in December and April next year before the final selection

Korir disclosed that despite the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the government has supported the Under-20 athletes in several camps across the country with cash and food stuff.

Close to 1,500 juniors and their coaches from 20 camps across the country benefited from the initiative by AK and the Ministry of Sports.

However, Korir noted that with the postponement of the event from July 7 to 12 this year to 2021, a large percentage of those in under-20 camps will have surpassed the age limit.

“We have a big task ahead of us in moulding a new team,” said Korir.

Korir said they will deliberately put emphasis on field events and short races where Kenya has potential. “We shall engage and utilise some of our best coaches like Andrew Martim, who is trained in Japan to prepare our field and sprint athletes,” said Korir.

Kenya will be represented in 21 out of the 22 on card in both men and women’s competitions. The only event where the country won’t have representation is the pole vault.

Source: Daily Nation

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