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Nairobi ready to host ISF World schools cross country set for this Sunday

Over 400 students from over 20 countries have confirmed their participation, with competitors set to start arriving between the 9th and 10th of this month.

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Team Kenya after receiving the flag at State House Nairobi

Preparations for the 2nd edition of the International School Sports Federation (ISF) World Schools Cross Country Championships are complete with the event set  for Ngong Racecourse this Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Over 400 students from over 20 countries have confirmed their participation, with competitors set to start arriving between the 9th and 10th of this month.

According to Barnaba Korir,chief executive officer for the championships, preparations at both the venue for the championships and accommodation for all delegations are complete.

“Everything is set for the one-day competition, which involves the arrival of students on May 9th, and we have lined up several cultural activities for the students, but the main event will be on Sunday, where students will compete in the under 12, under 15, and under 18 cross country championships at the Ngong racecourse.” Said Korir

Korir added that they are working closely with the Ministry of Education to organize the championship.

The under-12 years will compete in the 1000- to 1200-meter distance for both boys and girls, while the under-15.

Ngong Racecourse the venue for Sunday championship

Girls in the under-15 category will compete for a distance between 2000 and 2500 meters, while boys will run a distance between 3000 and 3500 meters.

The under-18 category will see girls compete over a distance of 3000m to 3500m, while boys will run between 5000m and 5500m.

WSC Cross Country is open to all school-going students attending a school that provides general education and/or vocational education incorporating segments of general education.

The host Kenya will be represented by a total of 60 athletes with the head coach Robert Ng’isirei exuding confidence of a better perfomance .

Kenya is the second African country to stage the championships after Morocco, which hosted them in 2000 in Marrakech.

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