Eldoret’s Kipchoge Stadium will soon have a new tartan track, the first outside Nairobi.
This follows yesterday’s commissioning of rehabilitation works at the stadium by Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) and Eldoret Municipal Council following a presidential directive.
Athletics Kenya will now need to seek an alternative venue for the sixth track and field weekend meeting which was scheduled for May 27 and 28 at the stadium.
Benjamin Sogomo, the SSMB chief executive officer, said modern equipment will also be installed there.
“Apart from upgrading this stadium we will also strive to ensure it attains international standards,” Sogomo said at the stadium.
“We will look for funds and a partner for this development as we want the stadium to host international championships in future.
“We ask our renowned athletes to network with other well-wishers around the world to help us as they are great assets to this nation.”
Saying marketers Brand Kenya have laid out plans to promote Kenyan athletes at the famous Boston Marathon in April, the official challenged the athletes to reciprocate the gesture by boosting the stadium’s renovations.
Also at the function were SSMB chairman Daniel Opande, Eldoret District Commissioner Charles Mukele and Eldoret Mayor William Rono.
Former 5,000 metres world champion Benjamin Limo, World 3,000m record holder Daniel Komen and two-time Boston Marathon winner Moses Tanui were also present.
More funds required
Opande said they needed more funds for the construction works, tendered by the government at Sh109 million.
He said: “Sh109 million is too little for a project of this magnitude as there is much work needed for it to attain international standards.”
A further Sh20 million has been provided by National Olympic Committee of Kenya through its chairman, Kipchoge Keino.
This comes a few months after the Bristol Academy of Sport honoured the athletics legend Keino by naming a modern athletics stadium built within its campus the Kip Keino Athletics Stadium.
Kenya’s team to next year’s London Olympic Games will train at the Bristol facility.