Former Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Micah Kogo and Emmanuel Bett are some of the top Kenyan runners invited for Zayed Charity 10-km race scheduled for January 31 in the United Arab Emirates.Micah Kogo
The two will compete in the road race alongside two other Kenyans—Ezekiel Kosgei, who finished second in Ndakaini Half Marathon this year and Maxwell Nyamu. World 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop and world 800m winner, Eunice Sum will also grace the event.
The inaugural event is meant to raise funds in support of the Kidney Foundation in UAE which supports patients around the world.
Race ambassador, Fahad Abdulaziz, said they would like to see Kenya train some of their athletes in a bid to better their performance on international stage. He said the move to have training partnership will strengthen the relations.
Speaking on behalf of Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hilal, the second vice president of National Olympic Committee of UAE, he said he chose to invite Kenyans for the race since they are the home of champions.
“I am honoured to be in Kenya and we are working on modalities on how we will help each other in terms of training our youth in athletics,” Fahad said.
Fahad was speaking at Eldoret’s Kipkeino High Altitude Performance Training Centre, where he met NOCK chairman, Kipchoge Keino.
“We want to develop the spirit of sport development between you and our country and we are ready to help you,” Kipchoge said.
Kipchoge is also expected to grace the occasion at Abu Dhabi in Yas Marina.