Bristol set to welcome Kenya's Olympic athletes
Bristol is set to welcome Kenya's Olympic athletes to the city tomorrow ahead of London 2012.
Arranged by the Bristol Kenya Partnership (BKP), the 40-strong team of athletes and officials will stay in UWE Bristol’s student village while they use the Kip Keino stadium at SGS College for their pre-Olympics training.
An evening reception, jointly hosted by the Kenyan High Commissioner, Ephraim Ngare and UWE Bristol, is planned for the athletes tomorrow.
The £1.3 million investment into the stadium transformed a training track into a competition-standard athletics ground, kitted out with floodlights and new equipment including pole vaults, hurdles and high jumps.
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David Rudisha, the world record holder for 800m and reigning 800m Olympic champion Pamela Jelimo are among the competitors who will be based in Bristol, alongside official and twice Olympic gold-medal winner Kip Keino.
UWE Bristol Deputy Vice-Chancellor John Rushforth said it is a "huge honour" to host the Kenyan team.
He said: “We are delighted that they have chosen to base themselves in Bristol and that we have a chance to build on our various connections with Kenya.
"We hope their stay at UWE Bristol will be a great start to their Olympic ambitions and we will do all we can to make it a success.”
The Kenyan Paralympic squad are also set to stay in UWE Bristol’s student village ahead of the Paralympic Games on 29 August.