Kenya has promised to send athletes to take part in next year’s Comrades marathon, a spokesman for KwaZulu-Natal premier S’bu Ndebele said today.
“In the next years they will definitely endeavour to ensure that they send participants,” said Logan Maistry.
Kenya said it also wanted to ensure that it got some of the benefits of South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
This followed bilateral talks between representatives of the KwaZulu-Natal and Kenyan governments that focused on co-operation between the two parties.
Kenya said it wanted to encourage teams to visit and train in Kenya before coming to South Africa, given that Mombasa and Durban were at similar altitudes and had a similar climate.
The Kenyans also wanted to see how they could create co-ordination between the African Athletics Championships to be held in that country in 2010, and the Soccer World Cup.
The Kenyan delegation included the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, Minister of Youth and Sport Professor Helen Sambili and senior government officials.
In addition to Ndebele, also present were the MECs for Transport, Bheki Cele; Housing, Mike Mabuyakhulu and Sport and Recreation, Amichand Rajbansi, and the province’s Director General Kwazi Mbanjwa.
On recent xenophobic violence, Ndebele assured the Kenyans that the South African government was doing everything possible to prevent future attacks and come up with a plan to help those affected.
Maistry said the Kenyan delegation was “quite pleased” with this response.
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