President Kenyatta also commended Kenyan officials and organizers for making the global event successful, saying they proved to the world that Kenya is capable of hosting international championships.
The race brings together a large group of people and the top ten finishers get cash awards which have for been substantially increased this year.
The IAAF president, Sebastian Coe, himself a former Olympic 800 metre champion, was in attendance and had dinner with the first lady. Deputy president William Ruto and NASA presidential flag bearer, Raila Odinga also attended the event.
To compound football problems in Kenya, league sponsors and betting firm, SportPesa has also announced plans of pulling out of the league sponsorship among other partnerships it has with other sporting bodies in the country citing the recent imposition of 35 per cent from the initial 15 per cent o
Six Western countries among them,Japan, Canada and America have already confirmed their participation. The CEO of the championships, Mwangi Muthee said that many nations have already arrived in Kenya for competition.
However it would seem that the Spaniard wasn't mincing his words when he signed 22-year old Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva from French Champions AS Monaco for £43 million, which the club announced on its twitter handle on 26th May this year.
It was previously reported that Real Madrid had agreed to release the much- sought-after striker in a deal valued at £60 million, only for Real Madrid to later to dishonor the deal by increasing the asking price to £80 million, much to the disappointment of Man United.
Funds raised by the marathon are geared towards wildlife conservation and development initiatives in; education, water and sanitation, agriculture and healthcare on Lewa and across the country.
The ‘special one’ is now having his mouth drooling for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, Nelson Semedo [Benfica] and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid
A word has it that the Blues’ top scorer has sustainably expressed his desires to return to his former club, Atletico Madrid
The Frenchman, Arsene Wenger who has been at the helm of the club’s coaching position for two decades or so has been glaringly opposed to any move that could see the Chilean join the rival clubs in England-for obvious reasons
The Nairobi event, the 10th edition, will be the last as global evenbt because the IAAF Council meeting in London in April, downgraded the event to a continental championships. This means from next year, confederations,(continental bodies affiliated to IAAF) will host the event as continental compet
''On the other hand, H.E. the President, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, has on numerous occasions assured Kenyan sportsmen, boxers included, that no Kenyan shall miss an international competition for lack of funding,'' said Kameta.
On the 1500M race Hannah, again clinches first position clocking 5:12.7 under the Deaflympics 'B' Standards followed by Annah Nasiyo, 5:25.6 and third position by Timina Barasa 5.26.6.
The athletes who hails from Kisii County was emerged string in a field that saw Roselinda Okumu from Kakamega County get the second place with a time of 43:52::9 to also qualify in the ‘B’ standard.
The teams are Kenya Premier League sides Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Tusker and National Super League side Nakuru All Stars. In addition to sponsoring the league, SportPesa have also sponsored Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Nakuru All Stars.
"I am appealing to President Uhuru Kenyatta to come to the rescue of sports, by creating a full-time sports ministry", said Karim who was the captain of the national cricket and lawn tennis teams in his younger days.
“Today’s race was very important for me and I believe for the rest of the athletes here as it will help us to prepare for the National Deaflympic trials scheduled to take place later this month. I have hope that I will be selected to represent the country in the upcoming deaf champions next month”,
Egypt beat Botswana 3-1 in the five-nation roundrobin event to clinch gold, they also beat Kenya 3-1. Kenya beat Rwanda 3-1 to take the silver medal. The pair join 7 other teams previously that qualified for the championships set for August 27-September 3.
The FIFA Council recommended replacing Eckert with Vassilios Skouris of Greece, a former president of the European Court of Justice. Similarly, ethics investigator Borbely is to be replaced by Colombia’s Maria Claudia Rojas.
A press conference, which will also be attended by the Spanish Ambassador to Kenya Javier García de Viedma Bernaldo de Quirós, to announce full details of the partnership between KPL and La Liga, will be held on Thursday at the Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, later today.
In the World League Forum, members of growing leagues grow through association and partnership with countries whose leagues are the world's top leagues. KPL and LaLiga will pen a partnership deal in Nairobi Thursday May 11.
Inspired by Jepkosgei’s front-running heroics in the Czech capital, Aiyabei shot to the front in the early stages and had just a couple of male pacemakers for company as she passed through five kilometres in 16:12 and 10 kilometres in 32:18.
Beatrice Chepkoech was second in 9:01.57, while Kenyan-turned Bahraini Ruth Jebet was third after posting 9:01.99. Under 20 World record holder Celiphine Chepteek finished fourth in 9:05.70.
''My circle will not change because I come from a humble background, I know I will also make new friends,'' he said. He said he will still circulate in his circle of friends, especially fellow sports gamers with whom he discusses outcome of football matches while placing bets.
The initiative has also made it possible for the federation to create the much needed player passports. The players passport is not only key in not only abetting age cheating but also ensuring that clubs benefit from training, solidarity and transfer fees.
The new development means Tergat will be elected unopposed at the May 5 NOCK elections, in Nairobi, shifting the focus to the other ten seats that are up for grabs. Tergat hailed Keino for the wise decision, saying Keino had demonstrated high leadership qualities by opting out of the poll.
The winners, who got cheques for Sh50,000 each from Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda, were: Jecinta Kerubo, Justin Mogaka, James Mukhuyi, George Kariuki, Dismas Cheruiyot, Anthony Macharia, Ben Longanyiek and Susan Ochieng. Ambrose Ochieng, a Kisumu resident got, his cheque in Kisumu.
The AK elections will be held for the first time in 24 years without the departed athletics supremo, the late Isaiah Kiplagat, who during his reign wielded a lot influence to determine the office bearers.
The Australian team, which includes Luke Matthews and Jordan Williamsz, should contend for a top-three finish, but are unlikely to challenge for the win.
Kenya saw Kevin Onyango come close to scoring in the 10th minute, but he shot over the crossbar from the edge of the box. Malawi's got chances in the 30th minute, first Simeon Singa’ freekick on the left went inches over Patrick Matasi’s goal before Gilbert Chirwa's shot from close range went wide.
Kirui later revealed he had pulled clear of Rupp after deciding to "test" his own finishing power. "I saw he (Rupp) was a strong guy. Not easy," Kirui said. "So I tried to push a little bit to test myself. And I saw that he had not come with me, so I pushed a little bit more."
The event's technical director who is a former national athletics coach Joshua Kiragu, said a number of elite athletes will use the event to gear up for global championships later in the year. The event has already been sanctioned by Athletics Kenya.
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In place of an excessive tax regime, Mwendwa has expressed FKF’s commitment to mediate a win-win position that will see betting companies continue to play a sustainable role in sporting development.
“We outlined through someone who was communicating directly with the President what we wanted to do, and the message we got back was that the President encouraged us to go forward... said he was supportive of it and very pleased that Mexico was a part of it,” Gulati said.
When Kenyans throw in the fact that another Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, a Boston and Chicago Marathon champion who tested positive for EPO in 2014, was also a former training partner of Sumgong’s, things become complicated.
“Further in the spirit of reconciliation FKF has decided to mute all charges that had been levied against three individuals from KPL, for bringing the game into disrepute,” concluded Mwendwa.
In other matches on Saturday, Administration Police registered a surprise 1-0 win over Modern Coast Rangers at the Mbaraki Sports Club, Mombasa.
"The big issue now is getting SuperSport back to Kenyan football, we want the broadcasting of Kenya Premier League matches to continue, we have convened a meeting with KPL on Monday to chart the way forward'', he said.
SuperSport takes note of the fact that when it renewed the contract with KPL, extending it to 2019, KPL projected itself as the body authorised by FIFA to run the league, yet it is subordinate to FKF, the national federation.
Kiongera and Mohammed have donned the national colours before, turning out for Harambee Stars in past assignments. Kiongera also played for top Tanzanian league side, Simba Sports Club.
The Mwamba starlet has been in fine form during the KRU’s Women’s 10s series joins a settled national squad that will fight it out with hosts Hong Kong, Belgium and Argentina in Pool B action.
With the endorsement, Tergat, who is also an athlete representative and former marathon world record holder, is as good as having captured the seat, a development that will see him remove his predecessor, the legendary Kipchoge Keino, should the latter opt to defend his seat.
“The club wishes to assure its members and fans that information given by a section of the media regarding the future of coach Stewart Hall is totally untrue, misguided and irresponsible.
“My goal was to run a confident pace and to achieve the qualifying standard for the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. This victory gives me a huge boost after I had to abandon at the Rio Olympic Marathon.”
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Under the slot proposal made by the Fifa Bureau, Europe would gain 16 direct places at the 2026 World Cup, Africa nine, Asia eight and South America six, The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) region six and Oceania one, totalling 46 teams.
The 23-year-old also has a good record of racing in the Czech Republic as she won the Karlovy Vary Half Marathon last year and finished second to Jepchumba over 10km in Prague.
Kenyan Premier League defending champions, Tusker entertain Chemilil Sugar at Kinoru Stadium, Meru on Saturday (2pm). Zoo Kericho tackle Nakumatt at Green Stadium Kericho on Sunday (2pm) as Sony Sugar host Thika United at Awendo Green Stadium (2pm).
"There was the case of a Kenyan athlete who switched citizenship to a country I don't want to name, his new country had bad blood with a neighbour, so when the athlete ran in the neighbouring country, he was stripped of his citizenship," he said.
Eighteen delegates drawn from NOCK members and 11 National Executive Committee members voted in favour of the new constitution.
In the men's senior category Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor successfully defended his World Senior men's title he won in China in 2015 turning in a time of 28.24 minutes. Leonard Barsoton gave Kenya silver in 28.34 minutes with the Bronze going to Ethiopia's Abadi Hadis in 28.43.
The Sports Tribunal, a state sports court, quashed the decision, saying that the FKF decision was high-handed and was not anchored in the FIFA and CAF statutes. It ordered KPL, the body that manages the league on behalf of FKF, to reinstate the two clubs in the Kenyan Premier League.
After a solid fourth-place showing in the junior race in her World Cross debut in 2010, she won back-to-back U20 titles in 2012 and 2013, and followed up with her first title in the senior ranks when she won the African crown in 2014.
Kamworor will be aiming for at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 on Sunday 26 March. Sunday’s race will mark exactly one year since his triumph at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Cardiff 2016, which also happens to be his most recent victory.
Harambee Stars are using the match, one of the two build ups lined up this week, to shape up for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Sierra Leone in June.
There are 34 winners on the Challenge Tour-63 wins between them-six former winners of the Barclays Kenya Open–defending champion Sebastian Soderberg; Jake Roos (2014); Jordi Garcia Pinto (2013); Robert Dinwiddie (2010); Gary Boyd (2009); Maarten Lafeber (1999).
An ankle injury ruled Mieno, a defender at Kenyan Premier League side Tusker FC, out of the friendlies, while Ojwang, Wanjala and Oburu apparently failed to impress the coach. For Mieno, the injury is a major disappointment.
There is also a total prize pool of Sh 3,090,000 on offer for the inaugural relay race, with Sh 1,236,000 earmarked for the winning team.
But most important is the transfer of skills, which sees foreign coaches hired by Gor transfer their skills to the local tacticians-a system the club uses to develop skills of local technical personnel.
They were among the 11 foreign-based professionals called up by coach Stanley Okumbi for the build up matches set for Thursday and Sunday respectively at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.
The coach education initiative is one of the federation’s flagship project that aims to train 10,000 coaches in basic/advanced basic, as well as create a pool of local coaches with CAF C, CAF B and CAF A licenses within the next four years.
Other 'Foreign Legion' called up are-Omar (Slava Sofia, Bulgaria), Anthony Akumu (Zesco, Zambia), David Ochieng (New York Cosmos, USA), Erick Ouma (FC Kolkheti, Georgia), Jesse Were (Zesco, Zambia) and Johanna Omollo (Royal Antwerp, Belgium)
The ruling means Sofapaka and Muhoroni will participate in the 2017 Kenyan Premier League which has ben expanded to 18 from 16. The Tribunal ruled that the relegation of the two teams to the lower division was not anchored in the CAF/FIFA statutes.
On Saturday beginning 1500hrs, GFE 105 will host Nairobi City Stars at the Kipchoge Keino stadium. Modern Coast Rangers will take on MOSCA at Mbaraki while Isebania will battle it out with Ushuru in Awendo.
The team, initially set to camp at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani ahead of the two fixtures, slated for Thursday, March 23 and Sunday, March 26, 2017, but will now camp in Machakos
The Nairobi sites are the Nyayo National Stadium and Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani. The 2017 CHAN tournament, kicking off on January 11, will be the biggest football event ever staged in Kenya.
The Netherlands side is presently at the top of the points table with 16 points from 10 matches while Papua New Guinea is second with 12 points from eight matches. Hong Kong and Scotland are both on 11 points from 10 and eight matches, respectively.
The Under 18’s assistant manager Mark Philip and West Ham United Foundation Coach Jim Hampsheir noted that both players demonstrated high levels of football skill and that their standard of fitness was on par with the West Ham Academy players.
The CAF President had a meeting with the Zambian Head of State Edgar Lungu and expressed his gratitude at the level of support government had given to the country’s hosting of the tournament.
FKF CEO Robert Muthomi had pointed out that the Kenya, Uganda friendly that was earmarked to be played on March 22 had been rescheduled to March 23, 2017, following consultations and subsequent consensus between the two Associations.
The camp was designed to offer an all-inclusive training regime that sets the groundwork for players, not only in terms of their skill, but also to emphasize all the essential ingredients necessary to develop an elite professional football player.
Due to the ongoing renovation works at Kasarani Stadium, the matches have tentatively been moved to Nyayo Stadium for convenience, Football Kenya Federation said Wednesday.
As a brand champion, Oliech, striker in his heydays, will continue supporting Betway in its initiatives around sports development in Kenya as well as help to foster strong and loyal relationships between the brand and its customers.
Wenger does have a two-and-a-half year contract extension on the table, but it remains to be seen if he will take up the option, with discontent and pressure continuing to rise from the Gunners faithful over their performances.
"As a team we played well and we were just unfortunate to go down by two goals. We did well especially in the second half and I thought we deserved maybe a draw from the game," he said, adding, "All in all I think it was a great experience for us and a good learning chance".
The peaceful election was conducted by the Kenya National Sports Council member Charles Nyaberi at the council's boardroom at the Nyayo National Stadium.
The inspectors, said they were impressed by the progress Kenya is making it its preparations for the event and look forward to the venues being ready by October. They will return in June. The CHAN 2018 will be the biggest football tournament Kenya has ever hosted.
In 2015, the federation was headed by Sam Nyamweya, who lost the elections to Nick Mwendwa. The 11 member Cecafa, which is the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations, holds the rotational event annually in member states.
The fairy tale that was their Premier League story last season is fast evading them. Contrastingly, their opponents Sevilla have lost only once in their last five league matches and will surely pose a threat to Claudio Ranieri's side.
The golf project aims at strengthening the friendship and trade between Kenya and the Peoples Republic of China. It is part of the association's bid to enhance the economy of Kenya and East Africa in general.
Olizarenko took up athletics in 1967 and made her international debut in 1978, taking silver in the 800m at the European Championships in Prague. Less than two years later, she broke the 800m world record with 1:54.9, making her the favourite for the Olympic Games later that year.
"I am happy that the LOC has met for the first time since it was gazetted," said the FKF President in a press statement, adding, "We have discussed a number of issues ranging from our general level of preparedness, what we need to do in terms of improving our infrastructure to the required CAF stand
All the four clubs will be seeking to register favourable results for their respective second legs of the knockout stages. Football fans should expect exhilarating and exciting soccer matches tomorrow.
Nadal's withdrawal marks a further blow for the tournament after world number three Stan Wawrinka pulled out with a knee injury earlier this week. Wawrinka has not played since a semi-final run in Melbourne but was due to be the top seed in Rotterdam.
IAAF president Sebastian Coe said a working group would be set up to agree new rules by the end of the year. "It has become abundantly clear that with regular multiple transfers of allegiance, especially from Africa, the present rules are no longer fit for purpose," Coe told reporters on Monday.
Olympic champion and England international Justin Rose finished fourth and had led at the halfway stage of the tournament and carded a two-under 70 to finish on nine under and tie with Americans Keegan Bradley and Pat Perez.
West Ham insisted he would not be sold, but after rejecting two bids from Marseille and signing Robert Snodgrass they decided to sell the France international on Sunday. The Hammers have also signed centre-back Jose Fonte from Southampton for £8m.
"He's not been talking to anyone in the squad. He's been sitting in the corner of the room for his meals and he's isolated himself. Before that he was bubbly, happy, shaking everyone's hand before the match. Either it was a tactic or something in his head had changed."
On a pitch that has been criticized for its poor quality, his side created the greater number of clear opportunities to score but were wasteful in front of goal and were made to pay as extra-time loomed.
The nine-time French Open champion is confident that his success on hard courts bodes well for a return to his beloved clay in the spring.
Ghana continued to press and were awarded a penalty when Christian Atsu went down in the box after contact from Lomalisa Mutambala, who was lucky not to receive a second yellow card. Andre Ayew calmly dispatched the spot-kick, sending Matampi the wrong way, to grab his second of the competition.
It would also be a seventh Australian Open victory for Serena, while Venus hopes to win an eighth major title, her first in Melbourne and first since she won Wimbledon in 2008. Saturday will be their first Grand Slam final against each other since Wimbledon 2009 when Serena won in straight sets.
Federer went off for a lengthy medical timeout for treatment to his leg as the physical nature of the match started to tell and came back fighting and broke Wawrinka in the sixth game when the US Open champion double-faulted on break point.
If Nadal wins his semi-final, he and Federer would contest their ninth Grand Slam final and their first since the French Open in 2011, when the Spaniard won in four sets.
The Jamaican National Olympic Committee and Carter were told of the adverse finding in May before the Rio Games and told his B sample would be tested.
The all-Swiss tussle between pals Federer who missed the last five months of 2016 as he recovered from a knee injury and Wawrinka will kick off the men's semi-finals at Melbourne Park on Thursday, with Nadal facing Dimitrov a day later.
DR Congo are also through from Group C, finishing top of the table after thrashing Togo 3-1
Tunisia only needed a draw to progress after their 2-1 win over neighbors Algeria on Thursday and were rarely stretched as Zimbabwe failed to conjure anything like the quality of their opening performance, a surprise 2-2 draw against the Algerians, much-fancied before the tournament started.
Algeria went into the tournament as one of the favourites for the trophy but leave with their reputation damaged by three underwhelming performances.
It was reported earlier this week that Olunga had attracted interest from Russian giants CSKA Moscow yet it is Zhicheng that made tangible their interest.
Bouanga was also denied a last-gasp winner, that would have put Gabon through, when his shot crashed back off the post. The rebound sat up perfectly for Didier N'Dong but his shot was pushed over the bar brilliantly by Cameroon goalkeeper Ondoa as he was picking himself up the floor.
Henri Saivet, on loan at St Etienne from Newcastle, struck home a brilliant 20 yard free-kick four minutes later. Stoke City's Mame Biram Diouf should have increased Senegal's advantage, but blazed his left-foot shot over the crossbar.
United dethroned Real, who held top spot for 11 years, after accumulating a record revenue of 689m euros (£515m) during the 2015-16 term. In the year, the combined revenue for the top 20 clubs during the 2015-16 season grew 12 percent to 7.4bn euros (£6.41bn) and thus set a new record.
The Indomitable Lions, historically one of the dominant forces in African international football, failed to qualify for two of the three previous tournaments and lost all three games in 2015. But, after drawing their opening game against Burkina Faso, they are well placed to reach the quarter-finals
However, City head tactician Pep Guardiola has not given Toure any guarantees about his future beyond this summer. Toure's contract at the Etihad expires this coming summer.
"So much has happened in my family, you become a human being again with your nose pressed to the facts, I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching," De Telegraaf quoted him saying.
Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa will be in session as the Super Eagles missed Afcon qualification. The Nigerian scored twice as Leicester came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday and his international team-mate Wilfred Ndidi just arrived in a £15 million move from Genk.
The 48-nation World Cup will feature 16 groups comprised of three teams, and the top two teams in each group will advance into a 32-team knock-out stage that will eventually lead to a World champion. The number of games in a tournament will rise from a total of 64 games in the current 32-team to 80.
But none of the clubs is taking the decision lying down and they will all appeal the federation's decision within 14 days provided in the rules, and club officials have criticised FKF for not giving them sufficient time to organise their sponsorship.
The group stage fixtures are scheduled at the same time all through the rest of the groups. Group C features the reigning champions Cote D'Ivore, Togo, Morocco and DR Congo while Group D features Uganda alongside perennial favorites Ghana, Mali and Egypt.
Chelsea's defeat prevented them from surpassing Arsenal's record of 13 wins in the same season from 2001-02, which the North London club extended to 14 successive victories the following campaign.
“We are working with schools to ensure that the club planning revolves around academic timetables and to install a collaborative mechanism that works perfectly to identify, recognize, place and train young talents resulting in the highest talent development partnership program,” said the director.
"I never thought in my mind that i would win the Golden Ball four times. I am pleased. I feel so proud and happy. I have the opportunity to thank all of my team-mates, the national team, Real Madrid, all of the people and players who helped me to win this individual award," said Ronaldo.
"It means a lot, it's something big for African players so I am very happy and very proud," he told the BBC. It's always good to receive awards and for Africans this is a huge honor," added Mahrez, whose father is Algerian and mother of Moroccan/Algerian descent.
Kabaddi has got very many variations. However, in the international team version, two teams of seven members each occupy opposite halves of a field of 10 by 13 metres (33ft x 43ft) in the case of men and 8 by 12 metres (26ft x 39ft) in the case of women.
The Starlets head to the continental showpiece as complete underdogs but if their performance in the recent build-up matches are to be used as a yardstick, then they will be no push overs.
Leicester City is the only English club with 100 % record start in the Champions League this season. The 'Foxes' beat Club Brugge, F.C Porto and F.C Copenhagen respectively in match day one, two and three.
Kenya should approach the match against Hong Kong with confidence. The best bet is that they will give it their all . Cricket is full of boundless opportunities and platforms for players and coaches. We need to restore Kenya's rich cricket history.
The training was conducted by Arsenal-trained coaching staff, in an effort to ensure both footballers and coaches learn to incorporate the key principles of playing the Arsenal way. Arsenal legend Sol Campbell was in attendance.
The Sh607 million deal is the largest sponsorship deal struck by the betting firm and is expected to run for a period of five years.
It was good news for the national team, Harambee Stars, and Kenyan soccer as a whole as Kenya moved 43 places up in the latest FIFA rankings, scaling the heights from position 129 to 86.
It is double blessings for Victor Wanyama after he landed an ambassadorial role with African pay TV firm DStv and Multichoice.
The National Championship Skating Tournament was no doubt a success
The renowned national women volleyball team has a lot of homework to do, evident from its surprisingly atrocious performance at the 2016 FIVB Grand Prix intercontinental round
With the Sportpesa Premier League currently on mid-season break, the transfer window takes us away from the drama on the pitch to the strategic balancing acts of the boardroom as coaches look to strengthen or, and as has become the norm in the Kenyan scene, rebuild their teams.
Okumbi, the former Mathare United manager whose appointment by FKF president Nick Mwendwa was received with widespread surprise, was seeking his first win since he took over from Bobby Williamson in February this year.
No other team have been able to awe the football world like Leicester City did in the 2015-2016 English Premier League season. They were favourites for relegation at the start of the season but ended up lifting their maiden title with two games to spare.