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AK halts activities in honour of Tirop

[The late Kenyan Olympian Agnes Tirop. Photo/Courtesy/AK].

The first and second leg of the Athletics Kenya Cross Country Championships that were to be held in Machakos and Iten respectively have been postponed in honour of world 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop who was found murdered on Tuesday night.

AK president Jack Tuwei said it is only right to postpone the competitions in honour of the fallen hero.

Initially the competitions were scheduled for the next two weeks but will remain halted to allow for the athletics fraternity to mourn and prepare a proper send-off for Tirop.

“In view of the latest developments, in honour of our fallen athletes, we have postponed the first and second legs of the AK Cross Country Series. The same goes for any other athletics event that were planned within the next two weeks,” said Mr Tuwei.

He added that the federation’s top brass will on Friday visit the family of the deceased to condole with them.

“We will not only just sit back here but on Friday we plan to visit her parents to stand with them throughout this tough period,” he said.

Once again, Tuwei urged athletes to reach out to the federation for assistance in case of any problems at home, including mental health challenges.

AK has urged security agencies to expedite investigations into Tirop’s murder and accord the family justice.