Free entry for the 4th edition of Kipkeino Classic athletics Championship to be held on the 13th of May 2023 at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani.
More than 200 foreign athletes are set to grace the competition among them African fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala and Jamaican Sprinter Sherry Anne Fraiser.
The tournament got a shot in the arm after Absa Bank Kenya unveiled a Ksh 60 million Sponsorship towards the event.
The bank doubled its sponsorship up from the Sh23m it invested in last year’s event.
According to Ki Kip Keino director, Barnaba Korir they had set aside attractive incentives to lure big names to the event.
Speaking during the event, Kip Keino Classic meet manager Kennedy Tanui said that a total of 204 athletes have confirmed to participate in the one-day event.
“The event is going to be one of the most thrilling and the most spectacular in terms of the value and content that World Athletics will bank on for the future of Africa in event organizations,” Tanui said.
“Some of the athletes expected include multi-Olympic and world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, United States’ Sha’Carri Richardson, Ukrainian Yaroslava Oleksiyivna Mahuchikh (the 2020 women’s high jump Olympics bronze medalist, 2019 and 2022 World Championships silver medalist) and Aaron Brown who is the 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medalist,” he disclosed.
Speaking at the launch Sports Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Mueke pleaded with the private sector to promote sports so as to uplift the economy.
“The government is taking sports and arts as an economic enabler and key to this identification, development and commercializing talent, especially among our young people.
We thank Absa on behalf of the government and invite people from all walks of life to Kasarani as the event will be free of charge,” Mueke concluded
The international athletes will compete in the core category that has nine races and discretionary category that has eight events.
The national program that has six events starts at 10am with men’s long jump and will be followed by men’s shot put at 10.05am.