Saturday 21 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/28/18)
Kenyan Sevens coach Innocent Simiyu has named one debutant in his 13-man squad for next month's Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast. Impala winger Ian Minjire, 25, is one of the two changes to the side that reached the final of the World Rugby Sevens series in Vancouver, Canada earlier this month. Fullback Augustine Lugonzo returns to the team after missing both the Las Vegas and Vancouver sevens series due to personal commitments. Kenya have been drawn against former champions New Zealand, Canada and Zambia in Pool C at the Commonwealth Games, which will be held on April 13-15. Simiyu believes a good performance at the Hong Kong Sevens, which acts as the seventh round...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/18)
The head of motor sport governing body the FIA on Tuesday encouraged Kenya to meet the road safety regulations necessary for the country to rejoin the World Rally Championship (WRC). FIA president Jean Todt said he was keen to see Kenya once again feature on the international rally circuit. "You deserve to have your rally back in the calendar. But you need to deliver (on) the job," said Todt, who is making his third visit to Kenya since it declared its intention to return to the WRC three years ago. Kenya was ejected from international rallying after the 2002 race over road safety, organisation and financing concerns. Since then no African event has featured in the WRC, something Todt wants...
(AFP (eng) 02/19/18)
Belgian Paul Put on Monday quit as Kenya's national football coach just two months after taking up the position. Football Kenya Federation (FKF) said 61-year-old Put, who took charge of the Harambee Stars in November and led the team to win the CECAFA Challenge Cup the following month, had resigned for personal reasons. "The tactician's resignation, though down to personal reasons is a setback to the country's ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, as he was an integral member...
(AFP (eng) 02/14/18)
Kenya's 800 metres Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha and two-time Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop will not seek selection for this year's Commonwealth Games, team officials said Tuesday. A total of 170 athletes have been invited for the one-day Kenyan trials in Nairobi on Saturday, during which the first three runners across the line will earn automatic qualification for the April 4-15 championships on Australia's Gold Coast. But with the Commonwealth Games coming at an unusual time...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/18)
A lucky Kenyan gambler won a record-breaking 230 million shilling ($2.2 million) sports betting jackpot, thanks to an English Premier League goal from fellow countryman Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur. Gordon Opiyo, a 31-year-old shopkeeper in Nairobi's sprawling, poor Kibera neighbourhood, took home the biggest jackpot in Kenyan history after correctly guessing the outcome of 17 matches in different European leagues. The final prediction that sealed his good fortune was Sunday's 2-2 draw between Spurs and Liverpool, in which midfielder...
(AFP (eng) 02/02/18)
Sabrina Wanjiku Simader is set to make history in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the first female alpine skier to compete for Kenya in the Winter Olympics. The 19-year-old, who is based in Austria, is the only Kenyan competitor in the February 9-25 Games but will be joined by Philip Boit, who created history as the first Kenyan Winter Olympian in Nagano, Japan in 1998, as her team leader. Simader qualified for the Games after taking part in the World Ski...
(AFP 01/18/18)
Helen Obiri et Conseslus Kipruto ont été désignés mercredi soir à Nairobi athlètes de l'année 2017 au Kenya après leurs victoires aux Mondiaux de Londres au mois d'août dernier. Helen Obiri, 28 ans, avait gagné le 5000 m en battant au sprint la championne olympique du 10.000 m, l'Ethiopienne Almaz Ayana, remportant ainsi son premier titre mondial en extérieur. Elle a été élue devant la championne du monde du 1500 m Faith Chepngetich. Conseslus Kipruto, champion olympique et du monde...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/15/18)
ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Reuters) - Skiers from African nations are usually looked on as a novelty at the Olympic Games but Kenya’s Sabrina Wanjiku Simader is deadly serious about her career. The 19-year-old, born in Kenya and raised in Austria, has already taken her first steps on the World Cup Alpine skiing circuit and harbors ambitions to establish herself as a professional. Significantly, Simader competes in the more challenging and dangerous speed disciplines, downhill and Super G. Usually, racers from...
(AFP (eng) 12/04/17)
Hosts Kenya scored two first-half goals to beat 10-man Rwanda to launch their Cecafa Challenge Cup campaign on Sunday. The Kenyans could have won by an even bigger margin at the newly refurbished Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, in Western Kenya, but for the performance of Rwandan goalkeeper Eric Ndashimiye. Masoud Juma scored the opening goal on 25 minutes after Rwanda defender Kayumba Soter conceded a penalty. Duncan Otieno doubled the lead on 38 minutes following a slick exchange with AFC...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Former World cross country champion Japhet Korir of Kenya will return to competition in Leffrinckoucke town in France during the 28th Cross de l'Acier race on Nov 19. On the women side Margaret Kipkemboi, who was fifth at the London 5km race, will be the athlete to beat. She will however face stiff challenge from Ethiopia's Hiwot Ayalew with Daisy Jepkemoi of Kenya. Korir, who lost his chance to defend his crown in Kampala earlier this year, is hopeful the...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
Samuel Kalalei won the 35th Athens Classic Marathon on Sunday as Kenyan runners dominated the gruelling, largely uphill course by sweeping the top five places in the men's race. The 23-year-old crossed the line in two hours, 12 minutes and 17 seconds, ahead of Milton Kiplagat Rotich, who clocked 2:14.18, with Jonathan Kiptoo Yego in third at 2:16.08. The women's race was won by 18-year-old Ethiopian Bedaru Hirpa Badane in a time of 2:34.18. Around 18,500 runners from dozens of...
(AFP (eng) 11/07/17)
Kenya's Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has been suspended for four years for doping, Athletics Kenya said Tuesday. "Sumgong will serve the four-year ban as from (April 3) when she was provisionally suspended," Athletics Kenya said in a statement. The 32-year-old tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in an out-of-competition test by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in her native Kenya. Erythropoietin is a natural hormone that stimulates red cell production. For a runner, injecting an...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/07/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has been handed a four-year ban by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) after testing positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO), officials said on Tuesday. Officials said Sumgong, who became the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic marathon title when she struck gold in Rio last year, had failed an out of competition test in April, days before she was due to defend her London Marathon title. Her four-year ban has been...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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