Kenya set to host Africa’s Deaf Athletics Championship in September

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Kenya will host the first Deaf Athletics Championship in September.

Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya (DAAK) Secretary General, Bernard Banja confirmed that Kenya will host the event in mid-September without disclosing the venue and other finer details.

“This event has become very important in our athletics calendar because it lets us know the form our athletes are in before the season begins. This year we are hosting the first Africa Deaf Athletics in September with the national trials scheduled for August,” confirmed Banja.

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To keep players fit for the championship that is just three months away, players will converge in Kericho next week for the sixth edition of Deaf Half Marathon on June 16.

The race is expected to bring together 400 deaf athletes from all over the country.

Among the participants expected in Kericho are year’s winners of the 21km race, Daniel Kiptum from Uasin Gishu and Tuster Kwamesa from Kisii County.

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Safaricom has sponsored the race to a tune of Sh2.5 million. Winners will walk away with Sh100,000, Sh50,000 and Sh30,000 for men and women who complete in first, second and third positions respectively.

Besides the 21km race, there will also be 10km for men and women. In this category, winners will get Sh50,000, Sh40,000 and Sh30,000 for first, second and third positions respectively.

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