Tuesday 24 October 2017
(Xinhuanet 10/19/17)
Kenya will tackle the opening two legs of the 2017-18 World Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town, South Africa without their skipper, Andrew Amonde, who has been ruled out with injury. Amonde confirmed on Wednesday he has undergone successful surgery to repair the hernia injury he sustained while playing for his domestic side, KCB RFC at last weekend's Christie 7s ruling him out of the series openers in Dec. "I will not recover in time for Dubai and Cape Town and I feel terrible about it but there is nothing that can be done," the mainstay of the side who is expected to be out for at least two months, rued. Amonde, who is...
(Xinhuanet 09/29/17)
Athletics officials in Kenya have announced major changes in their local schedule in order to accommodate seven major international and continental events that will take place during the 2017/2018 calendar of events. Athletics Kenya (AK) Senior Vice-President in Charge of Competitions, Paul Mutwii, said the calendar of track and field season will commence in early November 2017 away from the traditional March date and end in April 2018. "We were compelled to make the changes because the Commonwealth Games have been brought forward from the traditional month of August to April," he said on Thursday evening. The second round will begin in May after the Commonwealth Games to pave way for preparations for Africa Senior Athletics Championships. The international and...
(APA 09/25/17)
The current fluid political situation in Kenya is to blame for the decision by the Confederation of African Football to strip Kenya rights to host next year’s African Nations Championship, a top government official said on Monday. Addressing the media in Nairobi, Sports Principal Secretary, Kirimi Kaberia said that Kenya’s repeat Presidential elections slated for October 26, was the sole reason CAF decided to strip the East African nation rights to host the championships. He said that Kenya was ready...
(AFP (eng) 09/24/17)
Kenya's Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge underlined his status as the world's best current long-distance runner by winning the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, but missed the world record. Kipchoge clocked an official time of two hours, three minutes 32 seconds after holding off the challenge of Ethiopia's Guye Adola, who finished 14 seconds back on his debut at the distance (42.195km, 26.219 mi). Ethiopia's Mosinet Geremew finished third, clocking 2:06:12. "The conditions were not easy, because of the rain, but fortunately...
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
Kenya's high court on Friday ruled against the country's football federation (FKF) in a case challenging new licensing regulations and an increase in the number of premier league teams proposed by the governing body. Ruling on a petition brought by former FKF boss Sam Nyamweya, high court judge John Mativo said the introduction of new club licensing regulations without the participation of members and stakeholders was illegal and in violation of FIFA and CAF guidelines. The new rules, some of...
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
Kenya's junior football team will carry an advantage in their return leg match against Ethiopia in their qualifier for the 2018 FIFA under 20 Women's World Cup. With a 2-2 draw, Kenya hold a small edge over Ethiopia and will require a 1-1 draw or a win of any margin to secure their place in the next phase where the winner will have to battle with either Algeria or Ghana in another two-legged tie. "It is not easy to secure...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/17)
Former world record holder Patrick Makau and former world champion Luke Kibet of Kenya are the latest inclusion to the men's elite list at the Berlin Marathon on Sept. 24. Makau, who made headlines in 2011 when he became the second Kenya to claim the world marathon record after legendary Paul Tergat, will return to the German capital expectant of a strong performance. However, with a very strong challenge group ahead of him, albeit on form and time, Makau will...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/17)
Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspectors arrived in Kenya on Monday to assess the country's progress towards hosting next year's African Nations Championships (CHAN). The eight-member team's visit was delayed a week due to uncertainty surrounding the disputed outcome of last month's presidential election in Kenya. CAF vice-president Constant Omari Selemani is leading the inspection team that will visit training facilities and four stadiums before issuing a final verdict on Kenya's readiness to host the biennial 16-team tournament...
(AFP (eng) 09/06/17)
Kenyan Olympic chief Kipchoge Keino said Wednesday he will not stand for re-election during the General Assembly in Nairobi on September 29. The 77-year-old double Olympic gold medallist has been at the helm of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) since 1999 when he took over from Charles Mukora, who resigned following the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics bribery scandal. "I believe it is the right time to hand over the baton to someone else. I have served four...
(AFP (eng) 09/04/17)
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has called off its final inspection visit to Kenya to assess preparations for the 2018 African Nations Championship, officials said on Sunday. A delegation was expected in Nairobi on September 7 but the current political situation in Kenya following the Supreme Court's decision to annul the results of last month's presidential poll has cast doubt over the country's chances of hosting the 16-team tournament. "We have just been informed that in the light of the recent happenings CAF will be sending its second...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/17)
Three of the world’s top marathon runners will compete against each other for the first time when Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele takes on Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang at the 2017 Berlin marathon on September 24. Olympic champion Kipchoge, who has the third-fastest personal best official time of two hours, three minutes and five seconds, is keen to break the two-hour barrier and set a world record. The 32-year-old came close during the Nike Breaking2 project, when he missed out...
(Xinhuanet 08/24/17)
Kenya's national soccer team head coach Stanley Okumbi has come under fire for calling up a banned player to his provisional squad for three international friendlies. Kariobangi Sharks FC defender Pascal Ogweno was suspended for six games after assaulting a match official in a top-flight local league clash against Posta Rangers FC on April 22. The defender, who tore up the referee's red card after being sent off, was then sanctioned by his club of deducting his pay. Okumbi, formerly...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Kenya are to play friendlies against Togo and Mauritania in Morocco as part of their build-up for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) which they are hosting in January 2018. The warm-ups featuring local-based players will be played in Rabat on August 31 and September 4. "Whereas AFCON 2019 qualifiers and the FIFA Rankings remain crucial for us going forward, CHAN 2018, which will be hosted in Kenya is equally important, and we are happy to have secured the two friendlies," Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chief executive officer Robert Githiomi said. The CHAN 2018 championship scheduled to be held between January 11 and February
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto continued his country's dominance of the 3,000 meters steeplechase with a courageous and confident victory at the World Championships on Tuesday, just weeks after recovering from an ankle injury. A silver medalist in Beijing two years ago and Olympic champion in Rio last year, Kipruto kicked on to take the lead with less than 300 meters left and was celebrating well before crossing the finish line in a time of 8 minutes 14.12 seconds. The east African...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Kenya's David Rudisha's hopes of adding world 800 metres gold to the Olympic title he won in a world record time at the same track in the 2012 London Olympics have been dashed because of injury. The 28-year-old -- who ran an astonishing time of 1min 40.91sec to take gold in 2012 -- took to Twitter to reveal he could not take his place in the London Stadium for the championships. "It's sad and disappointing to announce my no show...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the...
(APA 07/17/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday lauded the Kenyan IAAF team for bagging four gold, seven silver and four bronze medals at the IAAF World U18 Championships that concluded on Sunday evening in Nairobi. Kenyatta said the team exemplified true patriotism by flying the country’s flag with great pride and representing the nation with real distinction. "They shone a light on us as a preferred destination, pulling in investment and earning international confidence in our country's security," he said. He said...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Ethiopia may not have had an edge over Kenya in the overall medal tally, but the visitors won the battle of long distance races as the World U18 Championships ended in Nairobi on Sunday. However, Kenya has promised to return to the drawing board, immerse itself in training hoping to emerge with a perfect plan to beat their rivals at the senior athletes World Championships in London in August. With Kenya hosting the championships, Ethiopia had to device a better...

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