Kenyan athletes allowed to travel to France for Monaco Diamond League


Kenyan athletes have been allowed to travel to France for the Diamond League series, scheduled for August 14, at the Louis II stadium in Fontvieille.The move brought relief to Kenyan athletes who feared they could not participate in the competition due to travel restrictions. Citizens of Kenya have been omitted from the Council of the European Union’s security list, due to COVID-19 developments; therefore, they cannot enter Europe.

Since last month, the Kenyan authorities have urged the European Union to allow its athletes to participate in international events organized in Europe, reports

At present, 11 athletes have been authorized to travel for the race. Still, they must comply with precautionary measures, imposed in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Athletics Kenya (AK) executive committee member Barnaba Korir pointed out that the athletes have already received visas. Yet they must undergo a molecular biological COVID-19 test (PCR test) before they leave.

“As you know, we will have the Monaco Diamond League next weekend, and some of our athletes are ready to compete there. We finalized the procedures where the athletes went to the Embassy (of France) and have already received their visas. However, they will have to be tested for Covid-19 and stay in Kenya for 72 hours before leaving and upon their arrival in Monaco, they will be tested again 24 or 48 hours before their competition ”. Fit Korir mark.

Korir pointed out that the AK and the Sports Ministry had addressed the issue to the French Embassy.

“This was made possible because the president (AK) wrote to the ministry which in turn contacted the French embassy”, Dit Korir.

Shortly after Athletics Kenya and the Kenyan government lobbied, AK Chief Lieutenant General Jackson Tuwei revealed that the athletes would be given the green light to enter Europe.

“We are happy that our athletes are traveling on Monday, August 10 at 3 am for the competitions. All athletes who need to travel will have to take the Covid-19 test 72 hours before travel ”. he said.

However, last month EU Ambassador to Kenya Simon Mordue said Kenyan citizens holding long-term EU visas would be allowed to enter European Union countries.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here