Nairobi, Kenya An experienced team has been selected by Athletics Kenya for the 32nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Brussels, Belgium (20/21 March).
The Kenyan line-up of runners is described by the overall team captain John Kibowen as the best possible available from the country's pool of talent.
"We have the motivation and will to win all the team titles and several individual crowns," said Kibowen, who was World champion in the men's short course four years ago. Patrick Ivuti, the silver medallist last year and in 1999, was dropped from the 36-man strong squad due to poor form.
National coach Patrick Sang, a silver medallist in Barcelona Olympics in the steeple, said they were aware of the international opposition but it would be foolhardy to single out individuals, notably double-double World Champion Kenenisa Bekele and Saif Saeed Shaheen of Qatar. "We are simply going for the championships as one country to meet other countries," said Sang who is assisted by six other coaches.
Kenya’s World Cross Country team:
Junior men 8km
Edith Masai, Prisons
Junior women 6km