A new training camp was opened in Kiganjo, Kenya, on Thursday (10th December) for athletes preparing for the Commonwealth Games.
GV & SV Sign "High altitude training camp" (2 shots)
SV Athletes seated
GV Minister for Social Services arrives with officials
GV Athletes seated
SV PAN Minister and officials
MV & SV Uniformed men seated (2 shots)
SV Minister cuts tape and officials applaud
SV PAN Athletes cheer
CU Woman athlete
SCU PAN Minister shakes hands with athletes as others look on (2 shots)
SV & MV Minister inspects facilities and walks across track (3 shots)
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Background: A new training camp was opened in Kiganjo, Kenya, on Thursday (10th December) for athletes preparing for the Commonwealth Games. The ???mes will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, next month.
The camp -- set up at the Kiganjo Police College -- lies at a high attitude -- an important training asset for athletes facing the New Zealand heights. The track has been renovated, and a new gymnasium installed. The camp was opened by the Minister for Co-operatives and Social Services, Mr. Masinde Muliro.
Ben Jipcho, the holder of the 3,000 metres world record, criticised the Kenya Olympic Association for its choice of Kiganjo as a site for the camp. His absence from the preliminary training sessions was noticeable. Another athlete, Sabina Chebichi, who will run in the 800 and 1500 metres at Christchurch, also failed to turn up at the early training sessions.