Kiplagat optimistic of Kenya’s 2017 World Youth championship bid

By elvince joshua
Sep 24, 2021

Athletics Kenya (AK) President Isaiah Kiplagat is upbeat Kenya will win the bid to host the 2017 World Youth Championship.

Kiplagat who was speaking during the launch of the sixth edition of the Maasai Mara Marathon said that AK is working closely with the government to ensure that the race come to Kenya. "We are working hard to see that the event comes to Kenya," said Kiplagat.

Richard Ekai, Permanent Secretary, Sports and Culture affirmed government support saying that they will work closely with AK to see that Kenya edges out United States of America and Argentina the other countries looking to host the event.

Meanwhile the Masai Mara marathon will shift dates to coincide with the Wild Beast Migration through the Mara river to Tanzania as the organisers look to woe hundreds of tourists who flock the tourist resorts to take part in the race by moving the 2015 edition to October 8.

"I want to see this marathon grow," Kiplagat noted adding that "we can only do that if you change the dates to coincide with the wild beast migration in the Mara."

The sixth edition to be held on October 18 in Melek Conservancy in Maasai Mara national Park in Narok County Athletics Kenya stressed the need for race organizers countrywide especially those who applied for CSR licences to ensure that money generated from their races go to the intended use.

"We will be insisting those projects and if we find out that the money is not intended for its rightful use then we'll cancel the lincenes" warned Kiplagat.

Sponsors pull out 

Kenya Airways (KQ) who have been the title sponsors of the race will not be supporting the event this year alongside the Norfork group of Hotels who have been key supporters of the race.

This year's race will also see Maasai warriors take part in javelin competition to 'keep up with the Yego (Julius) spirit" according to Konchellah who is also the PS of the East Africa Community.

The race will have 21 km whose winner will pocket Ksh.200,000 for both men and women and 5km fun run.

Elite runners will part with Ksh. 500, locals paying Ksh.100 while cooperate runners will register with Ksh.10,000 The race is pegged on three objective, education, Conservancy, Water and Sanitation after a successful completion of the only girls boarding School in Maasai Mara (Namunyak Secondary School) the proceeds now shift to conservancy- fencing the Lemek.