In light of the global outbreak of coronavirus, Kenya’s Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage has imposed an international travel ban for their athletes, meaning they won’t be able to take part in any races for the next month.
On Monday 9 March 2020, a letter was sent informing presidents of all Kenyan sporting organisations that their athletes will not be permitted to travel to international competitions. This is for the “safeguard of the public and the country at large”.
Coronavirus update: The sports ministry in Kenya has banned sportsmen/Women from traveling to any international Sports events for the next 1-Month. pic.twitter.com/PuC7rqICgQ— lynne wachira (@WachiraLynne) March 10, 2020
What events will the ban affect?
In the next month, this will affect several road races for Kenyan athletes. Joyciline Jepkosgei and Benard Ngeno were both due to take part in the United Airlines NYC Half at the weekend.
At present, the travel ban is only in place for a month and is due to lift on 9 April 2020. If the ban was to be extended, it could dramatically change the elite race at both the Boston and London Marathon. Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge is set to take on Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele at the London Marathon on Sunday 26 April. Edna Kiplagat, Lawrence Cherono and Geoffery Kirui are all due to take part in the Boston Marathon on Monday 20 April.
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