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Kenya: Athletics Kenya Helps Pay Virus Quarantine Bill of Athletes

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Athletics Kenya has so far helped pay quarantine expenses and transport back home for five athletes who had arrived from India and Malaysia immediately the international flights were suspended.

AK president Jackson Tuwei on Wednesday disclosed that they might be facing challenges including knowing how many athletes are stranded in foreign countries but are liaising with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help.

Tuwei said they are also in touch with several Kenyan embassies in India, Malaysia and China among others to know the number of athletes held up in these countries owing to coronavirus lockdown.

Besides not knowing the exact number, Tuwei explained that some of the affected athletes have no proper travelling documents.

“While some have expired visas dating back to five years ago, there are also conditions that these countries put in place including mandatory testing before they leave to show that they are clean,” said Tuwei in a telephone interview.

Tuwei explained that before the government ordered that those willing to return from foreign countries must take care of their air tickets, five athletes had earlier cashed on the free flight offer to return; two from Indian and three from Malaysia.

They are Abigael Cherop, Gladi Kiptoo and Paul Eyanae from Malaysia and Daniel Kimeli and John Kipkorir from India.

“They were all quarantined and we managed to pay for their bills. Luckily enough, they didn’t have the disease. Most didn’t even have transport back home and we assisted,” said Tuwei.