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Kenya to provide training for long distance runners – Minister Namal Rajapaksa

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There were highly successful meetings aim at strengthening bilateral ties between the two nations and especially Minister Rajapaksa has focused on lifting the standard of local athletics. Both countries agreed to share their knowledge and seek expert advice from veteran athletes to lift the athletic standard.

Accordingly 10 local middle and long distance athletes will receive training in Kenya end of this year or during the first quarter of the next year.

The training will help them to reach international level by providing them with comprehensive training. It will be a great opportunity for Lankan athletes to train in Kenya, a country which has dominated long distance running.

Kenya has produced top ranked champion athletes in Eliud Kipchoge (5000m – Men’s), Abel Kirui (Marathon – Men’s), Ezekiel Kemboi (3000m –Men’s), Hellen Obiri (5000m – Women’s), Beatrice Chepkoech (3000m – Women’s steeplechase), are few of them.

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