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Obsolete equipment threatens African Championships

The 17th African Championships billed to hold in Nairobi, Kenya July 28-August 1 is being threatened by outdated equipment.

The Local Organising Committee for the Championships has not received the modern equipment it order to run the competition to international standards and this is causing concern for Kenyan officials.

Already a trial competition for the Championships scheduled for April 24, has been cancelled.
The equipment  was scheduled to arrive this week . This is one of the setbacks for the championships that have been dogged by bureaucratic bottlenecks.

“The LOC is working round the clock and we are optimistic of holding this event on schedule even though we are running out of time,” David Okeyo, head of the LOC said.

During a visit of the Confederation of African Athletics inspection team led by Technical Delegate, Frankie Fredericks in February, it was resolved that the test event be pushed back to give the LOC time to bring in necessary equipment, an option organisers turned to following procurement delays.

In another development, LOC has extended the deadline for submission of preliminary entries for the championships to April 30 after only 27 out of invited 53 nations beat the previous March 31 cut-off date.


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