Eldoret will in February 2022 be making history as the first town, in Africa, to host the World Cross Country tour.
Kenya was given the honor to host the event, the first African country to do so, which will now be held in Eldoret, the City of Champions.
Speaking during a meeting with Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, Athletics Kenya Vice President Paul Mutwii said they settled on Eldoret to host the event because of its huge support base for athletics.
“We in AK sat down and thought instead of taking the event elsewhere, why not in Eldoret where many of our athletes come from,” Mutwii said.
He noted that one of the reasons Kenya was picked to host the international event was because it has consistently produced athletes that have performed well in the past world cross country event.
The AK Vice President further revealed that they have agreed to name the World Cross Country tour after athlete Agnes Tirop who was stabbed to death, allegedly by her husband Ibrahim Tirop, who is now facing murder charges.
“We have agreed the event to be named after Agnes Tirop. The cross country will now be Agnes Tirop Cross Country tour,” noted Mutwii.
The event will be held on February 12, 2022, at Lobo Village in Kapseret.
The AK Vice President further said Eldoret town will also be hosting the National Cross Country that will be used to select a team that will represent Kenya for the global event.
National Trials will be on January 22, 2021.
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago said it is an honor for the county to host such an event.
“As a County, we are privileged to host the event here in Eldoret to honor our athletes. It is an opportunity for fans to watch an event hosted where a majority of them come from. We assure the AK of our support as a county to work with them to make sure the event is successful.”– Governor Mandago.