AK shuts all youth camps countrywide as schools re-open

Monday, April 25th, 2022 11:00 | By
Robert Ngisirei
Athletics Kenya Under 20 national head coach Robert Ngisirei instructs junior athletes at a training camp in Baringo County. PD/ERICSON KIPRONO

Athletics Kenya (AK) on Saturday closed all the 26 youth camps spread across the country as schools reopen next week. 

AK Under-20 narional head coach Robert Ngisirei said the much-awaited school games, scheduled to make a return next term, will play a major role in helping junior athletes hit top form before the national trials to be held in July at Kasarani. 

“With school games resuming immediately after schools re-open will ensure that the athletes put into practice the skills they learned in the camps. The skills will be sustained during the inter-school games and it will help them to keep fit before the trials,” Ng’isirei told People Sport. 

The camps were part of AK’s preparations for the World Under-20 Championships that will be held in Cali, Colombia from August 1 to 6.  

He cautioned them against seeking advice from unauthorised individuals and instead visit Riadha House for proper directions and documentation. He said that the juniors are ready for the challenges ahead and appreciated the government for its efforts of keeping them in camps. 

Kenya will be seeking to top the medal table for the third year in a row. Kenya will be seeking to defend its title for the third time consecutively after bagging a total of 16 medals (eight gold, one silver and seven bronze). 

The national trials for the World Under-20 Championships team shall be held on July 8 and 9 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi. 

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