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Athletics Kenya Nominated For Global Award

by Zablon Ondari
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Athletics Kenya (AK) is among the six federations nominated for the 2021 Member Federation Award slated for next month.

AK will battle it out with Athletics Australia, Czech Athletic Federation, Federacion Costarricense de Atletismo (CRC), Federacion Ecuatoriana de Atletismo and Japan Association of Athletics Federation.

“Each of the six area associations was asked to nominate three-member federations. A vote by the World Athletics Executive Board selected the six finalists, one from each area association,” World Athletics said in a statement.

First awarded last year, the Member Federation Award honours a national governing body that has gone above and beyond to serve its athletes, fans and the greater community.

Kenya was credited as the leading African nation on medals tables at international events. It maintained that record at the Tokyo Olympic Games, placing third overall behind USA and Italy. The country also topped the medals table at the World Athletics U20 Championships Nairobi 21, earning 16 medals, eight of them gold.

While most of the country’s medals from international events in 2021 came in endurance disciplines, the likes of Ferdinand Omanyala – who set an African 100m record of 9.77 at the Continental Tour Gold event in Nairobi – showed Kenya’s diversity as an athletics nation.

Along with hosting the World U20 Championships and the Continental Tour Gold meeting in Nairobi, Kenya has been an active player in the UN’s Sports for Climate Action initiative.

The top award’s winner will be announced at the World Athletics Awards 2021 to be held virtually on Wednesday, 1st December, and streamed live on the World Athletics YouTube channel.

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