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After topping the last World Championships in Beijing, Kenya has vowed to replicate the performance at next year’s global event in London. But one month before the London date, there is the small matter of World Under-18 Championships that will be in Nairobi (July 12-16). It is this event at which Kenya has consistently finished among the top three, including the last edition in Cali, Colombia, in which Kenya was second to United States on the medal table.

Barnaba Korir, Chairman of Athletics Kenya (AK) in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, who also chairs the AK Youth Committee, said his committee have laid down a comprehensive program to end up with the selection of a strong team to carry the Kenyan flag high. “We hosts of this global event, it is only imperative that we completely and comprehensively dominate the event. It is because of this that we have started this early,” said Korir. Korir’s committee set up camps in regions all over the country, although only a few started on schedule during the last schools holiday. Kosirai Girls School hosted the first camp for Central Rift Valley last August, when Keringet Boarding Primary School also hosted some 80 athletes.

Other camps were penciled for: Alliance Girls High (Nairobi), Muranga TTC (Central), Mogonga High (Nyanza South), Sangoro High (Nyanza North), Kapcherop Girls (North Rift), Feshbeth Academy (Western), Dr Aggrey High (Coast) and Garissa High (North Eastern). Southern and Eastern branches had yet to name their centres.

The next program was due to start on November 12 and will run up and until December 22, 2017.

Korir said if the program at Keringet, which was under coaches, Kimutai Ngetich and Maryline Lasoi, is any measure of the enthusiasm the youths have for the global event, then they will perform exceptionally well during the event in Nairobi. Coaches selected for this purpose are: Esther Kaptingei and Christopher Chepkormet (Central Rift), Jane Toroitich and P. Tormos (North Rift), Japheth Kemei and Samson Kemei (South Rift), Sally Kemboi and Rajab Odanga (Nairobi), Peter Muteti and Daniel Munguti (Southern), Peter Waithanje and Francis Kamau (Central), Charles Mwania and Paul Katua (Coast), Gitahi Mathu and Raha Abdi Hassan (North Eastern), Abdi kadir Ali and Jane Mburugu (Eastern), David Okechi and Ken Boro (Nyanza South), Alvin Vincent Onyango and Ignatius Walter Oluoch (Nyanza North), Frida Okwomi and James Kimtai (Western).

Team Kenya Working Secretariat will comprise Korir (Chairman), henry Lebo and Eliud Wambua (members), Mercy AK (Secretary). Team Kenya’s technical bench will comprise Kariuki Gikonyo, Andrew Maritim and Robert Ngesirei and team manager Barnaba Kitilit. The committee proposed three championships in Nairobi between January and March 2017 as build up for the selection trials. The budget proposal made for each champioinships is Kes 15,538,000, totaling Kes46,614,000 for the three championships. The National Trials will take place on 13-14 June 2017 in Nairobi. The committee made a budget for this, too, for Kes15,538,000