Coach Kirwa Urges selected Olympics Athletes to work hard

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By Kamyuka Kenneth

The National athletics head coach Julius Kirwa urged the selected Olympics athletes to work hard in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics games trials. The team will head to the residential training camp immediately after the trials.

“Just like the rest of the sporting fraternity, athletics has not been spared by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has in return seen athletes stay out of action due to the various containment measures, both locally and abroad. We need to come up with a strategy. That most of our athletes in those events have not run this year and so we have to come up with something.”Kirwa said.

Athletics Alice Aprot, QualyneKiprop, Irene Kamais and Monica Chirchir lead the pack in a 10000m race during the All Africa Games trials at Moi Stadium, Kasarani.

There will be no time to rest for Team Kenya athletes selected at the end of the three-day national Tokyo Olympic Games trials set for between Thursday and Saturday at Moi Stadium, Kasarani.

National athletics head coach Julius Kirwa with the Olympics barely four weeks away, the team will head to residential training camp immediately after the trials.

“Time is not on our side. Apart from the Kenya Defence Forces, who held their championships, the rest — Kenya Prisons and Kenya Police — did not compete so we need to see them competing against the best and hopefully have some more athletes qualify for Tokyo,” said Kirwa.

Kirwa says once, in camp training will be intense to give the athletes the best possible preparation increases the chances of winning medals.

“It will be three weeks of intense training. We want the athletes to be in the best possible shape by the time the Games begin.”Kirwa joyfully said.

The athletics program in Tokyo starts on July 30. Like the rest of the sporting fraternity, athletics has not been spared by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has in return seen athletes stay out of action due to the various containment measures, both locally and abroad.

“These trials are a golden opportunity for those who are yet to qualify to attain the require standards,”  The coach emphasized.

The entry of the Ugandan and Tanzanian athletes will be a big boost to the Kenyan athletes’ competition in a three-day event. Their entry will show up proceedings. We know Uganda have very good athletes and will challenge our athletes especially in the middle and long-distance races,” Kirwa added.

With the case of  Kenya’s past struggle in the 5,000m and 10,000m races, the various coaches are to sit down with the selected athletes and come up with formulated plans for execution. Most of our athletes in those events have not run this year and so we have to come up and plan for it.

Kirwa is non-committal on Kenya’s chance at the Olympics, not until the team is named on Saturday and he concluded by saying,

“I cannot start giving you a prediction for the Games until we pick the team and start training and see the athletes’ level of preparedness.”

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