Kenyan athletes set for Monaco Diamond League
Reprieve for Kenyan athletes after receiving go ahead to travel to France for the Monaco Diamond League series
It is reprieve for seven Kenyan athletes who have been issued visas to travel to France for the Monaco Diamond League meeting set for August 14 at the Stade Louis II in Fontvieille.
Among those who have obtained visas are World and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto, World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri, World 1,500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot and World 3,000m SC women’s holder Beatrice Chepkoech.
However, the latter has ditched her specialty for the 5,000m where she will vie for top honours alongside compatriot Obiri. Six others have applied for visas and are set to know their fate today (Wednesday).
Kenyan runners were set to miss the event since Kenya is not in the list of countries cleared by the European Union to gain entry into the Shengen region in the face of the corona virus pandemic.
After extensive lobbying by both Athletics Kenya and the government through the ministry of sports there was a breakthrough.
“We are happy our athletes will travel on Monday, August 10 at 3:00am for the competitions. All athletes scheduled to travel will be required to undergo the Covid-19 test 72 hours before travel,” noted AK chief Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei.
All runners who will have been cleared to travel to the French city will take the mandatory Covid-19 test on Friday, August 7, after which they will be issued with Covid-19 Free Certificate as part of their travel documents.