The Safaricom Athletics Series is set to kick off with the National Trial for African Athletics Championships at the Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani from 26th May to 28th May,with the 3rd Safaricom Deaf Marathon taking place immediately.
The 4th Edition of the Safaricom Athletics Series which will feature 14 athletics meets across the country today received a funding of Ksh.80 Million from the leading communication service provider Safaricom.
Speaking during the unveiling of the Sponsorship at the Michael Joseph Centre Safaricom’s Director of Corprate Affairs Steve Chege said that aside from sponsoring the 11 long distance races and the National Sponsorship Safaricom will also fund the Olympics trials in support of the 2016 Olympics Rio in August.
“Our athletes have consistently proven that they are a force to reckon with and we are committed to sponsoring sporting activities all over the country so that we can discover and nurture new talent while at the same time giving them a chance to use these local races to prepare for the big International events such as the Olympics” ,Chege said.
The National Trials for Rio Olympics will on the other hand take place from 29th June to 2nd July ahead of the global sports competition scheduled to take place from 5th to 21st in Brazil.
Athletics Kenya Chairman Lieutenant General Jackson Tuwei (retired) expressed his ‘Happiness’ saying that following the support of corprates such as Safaricom Athletics in Kenya is at the top in the world ranking.
“We are grateful Safaricom for this support because it has given athletes in the country a platform to showcase their talent”
Meanwhile,Athletics Kenya has also come up with a new athletic program for children.
The ‘Kids Athletics Program’ which involves the children of the ages between 5 and 14 years is meant to support the young children to identify with the athletics talent.