Nairobi — The Nairobi leg of the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour scheduled for September 26 will be named the 'Kipchoge Keino Classic', race director Barnaba Korir has disclosed.
"We have decided to name this event the Kip Keino Classic because every Kenyan knows Kip Keino is the father of athletics in the country and we want to make sure we recognize his contribution," Korir stated adding, the 10,000m race will also be christened the 'Naftali temu race' in recognizition to the former Olympic gold medalist.
We are also looking for sponsors to market this event so that he can be fully given his honor for the contribution he had on Kenyan athletics," Korir disclosed.
The events of the day have been classed into three groups; core events presented by World Athletics, and which will have a hefty winning bonus, the discretional events which will be selected by Athletics Kenya as well as the national events.
Meanwhile, Korir says they are keeping the option of moving the one-day event to the newly refurbished Nyayo National Stadium open, with Sports PS Joe Okudo having earlier Monday hinted to Capital Sport their desire to have the event opening Nyayo Stadium to the world.