Coast teams assemble for regional athletics meet

Athletes from various secondary schools compete in the boys 5,000m as the Coast Regional Secondary Schools Term One games entered its second day at Shanzu Teachers Training College, March 15, 2019. [PHOTO BY GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD]. 

Coast secondary schools converge at Shanzu Teachers Training College today for the regional athletics championships.

Mombasa Secondary Schools Sports Association, which headed by Zuhura Hassan, named their team on Tuesday at the same venue, and will be looking forward to produce the large number of athletes for the national meet.

Mombasa County selected 20 boys and 20 girls for today’s championships, same as other counties.

Other counties expected in the hurriedly organised championships are Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Lamu and Tana River.

After today’s event, 20 boys and 20 girls will be selected to travel to Kigari, Embu on Saturday for the national meet scheduled for July 3 -7.

The national championships will be used to select athletes for the East Africa secondary schools games in September.

In the Coast meet, however, only few track events will be competed for including 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1,500m, 10,000 (boys) and 5,000 (girls).

Field events will include long jump, discuss, javelin, and shot putt.

Last week, Ministry of Education announced the resumption of school games after they were suspended in 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The ministry’s administration secretary Andrew Rukaria urged the games organisers to minimise the number of participants because of the rising Covid-19 cases.

He directed schools to ensure only 20 boys and 20 girls will represent each region at the national level.

Ministry of Education Deputy Director, Directorate of Quality Assurance and Standards Eliud Wambua said the calendar of other sporting activities will be released soon.

“We are on course with the resumption of school games. It has been a long time coming but here we are. Other activities will follow suit,” said Wambua.