- The anticipated first and second legs of the Cross Country have been postponed
- This is in honour of fallen athletes, including Agnes Tirop, who was found murdered in her home in Iten on Wednesday
- The Athletics governing body also plans to hold a workshop in December to help address the issue of mental health among Kenyan athletes
Athletics Kenya has postponed the first and second legs of the Cross Country following the tragic passing of World 10000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop.
The events, which were slated for October 16 and 23 have been pushed back in honour of fallen athletes.
"In view of the latest developments, in honor of our fallen athletes, we have postponed the first and second legs of the AK Cross Country series," the athletics body said in a statement.
“We are confident the relevant agencies are working round the clock to ensure speedy justice to the family and friends who have been left emotionally scared by the demise of someone they depended on for financial and psychological support,”
Tirop, as TUKO.co.ke reported, was found dead in her home in Iten on Wednesday, October 13, and immediate reports suggested she had been murdered.
Her husband Ibrahim Rotich, who went missing after wife's death, is the prime suspect in the murder.
While condemning the murder, the federation announced a workshop would be held in December 2021 to help address the issue of mental health among athletes in the country.
Agnes Tirop’s death, the aftermath
In the wake of the passing of Tirop, a number of stakeholders came forward with powerful statements condemning her brutal murder.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was among the first to speak up on her death as he termed the whole mess as “disturbing”.
Another athlete, Mary Ngugi, fresh out of the Boston Marathon, brought to light a new scope of athlete’s woes as she lifted the lid on the untold stories of athletes suffering at the hands of their trainers in the camps.
Tirop’s husband arrested trying to flee in Mombasa
Meanwhile, the prime suspect in Tirop's murder has finally been arrested days after her body was discovered in Iten.
Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) released a statement on Friday confirming Ibrahim Rotich was arrested in Changamwe, Mombasa as he was trying to leave the country to evade justice.
Source: Sports Brief News