World Cross Country Tour preparations have gone a notch higher after the Local Organizing Committee came out with the outline of the event set to be held on February 12th 2022 in Eldoret, uasin Gishu County.
LOC wants the race that will be held at the Lobo Hotel grounds in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County to be one of the most successful in all the series that has happened across the world.
On Thursday, Athletics Kenya Nairobi Region chaired the meeting in Eldoret where he said he held a consultative meeting with LOC team led by Central Rift chairman Abraham Mutai, coach David Letting, Joseph Chemuren, and technical team will engage the community starting from the county governments of Elgeyo Marakwet, nandi, Baringo and Uasin Gishu that covers Central and North Rift regions to organize meeting.
“This will be the final meeting on the World Athletics Cross country Tour series that we were awarded hosting rights, just like the Continental Tour track and field and we want to make sure we succeed. So today, we had to go through the list of activities that have to be done. The preparations of the venue are very important, organizing the broadcaster and finding out who will come on board to broadcast live locally and internationally. We are also doing the final budget so that we present it to the government,” said Korir.
He said that now with the venue already identified, the course already measured now they have a plan that they are going to implement as soon as possible within this Christmas period, with a test event set for 27th January during the national cross country championship.
He added that they want to involve the North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) counties to get involved as this will replicate or test to host the world championships in 2025 if the world federation gives Kenya hosting rights.
“In all this, we have to show how good we are, then we must make this cross country as successful as we did for the KipKeino Classic,” he said.
He explained that they brought the event to Eldoret because most events in Nairobi will go unnoticed with the spectators and fans might not be interested.
“We brought it here as the bedrock of athletics. This is where the stable fans come from and when you are organizing an event of this magnitude you must have the numbers to watch and we know that Eldoret will be full and it is the central position for all the counties surrounding athletics centres,” he said.
He noted that what they want and what world Athletics want is to have the mass participation and spectators for the event to go viral worldwide.
“Remember the 2016 Olympic Games trials the stadium was full, the number of people who were at the stadium were less than those fans outside the stadium. You can imagine that kind of attraction and that is how we can build the sport.”