Nov, 16th 2020 – Athletics Kenya has been nominated by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) for the member federation award. The award is meant to recognize the best athletics federation in the world that handled the COVID 19 crisis the best. Despite nationwide lockdowns and other disruptions, the federation succeeded in organizing and staging the Kip Keino Classic, the first World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting in Africa.
Kenyan athletes also competed well internationally, sweeping the team titles at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020 with women’s winner, Peres Jepchirchir, breaking the women-only race world record. Other federations in the race for the award include Nicaragua, Palestine ,Newzealand, poland and Peru.
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said, “We all know the difficulties that sport has faced during the pandemic but many of our Member Federations have risen to that challenge brilliantly and we wanted to acknowledge some of the exceptional work they have done to ensure that our sport continues to thrive in these very testing times.“
He added, “The commitment and creativity shown by our Member Federations demonstrates exactly why we are the world’s most global sport and I applaud their efforts.”
The winner will be announced at the World Athletics Award 2020 that will be held virtually on Saturday the 5th of December and streamed live on the World Athletics YouTube channel, its Facebook page and also its Twitter page.