AFRICA WEEK ATHLETICS 2012

SARI are partnering with the Dublin Multicultural Resource Centre, Cradle, Offally Sports Partnership and the Integration Centre for the ONERACEHUMANRACE AFRICA WEEK ATHLETICS 2012 on Saturday 26th May at Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin 9. The aim is to introduce the sport of athletics to people of an immigrant background - and in particular people of African background - living in Ireland through an intercultural family event. Former Olympic champion Kipchoge 'Kip' Keino will fire the starting gun for what will be an exciting and unique Athletics meet.

Over 500 people are expected to gather at the Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin to hear the gun start a full day of racing and jumping. Most of the athletes will be drawn from the African Diaspora, but in true intercultural style, the line-ups will be inclusively global and local. The organisers, that include a host of sports and community NGOs hope to raise awareness among the public of the benefits of joining their local athletics clubs. Recent studies carried out in the context of the EU White Paper on Sport by SARI revealed that there was a very poor participation rate by migrants in the sport of Athletics. This despite the fact that Continents such as Africa has produced so many world-class sports practitioners. In this context it is worth noting that Kenya alone has over 400 athletes who qualify for the London Olympic Marathon. It is no coincidence that it is from the Horn of Africa that two of the Meet invited guests of honour hail. Former Olympic champion Kipchoge Keino (www.kipkeinofoundation.co.ke ) will fire the first starting gun while current World champion, Mo Farah (www.mofarahfoundation.co.uk) is on Olympic duty but sends this message;

My name is Muxammad Faarax. You probably know me as Mo Farah. I am the Somali-born, British international athlete and current 5,000 metres World Champion. Sorry I can't be there for your launch or the Meet as I am in preparation for the London Olympics. As a sportsman I can think of no better way to celebrate Africa Week and I am impressed by your efforts in encouraging the youth of the African Diaspora and other youth from migrant backgrounds to integrate into Irish society though membership of Athletics clubs. I am proud to support the legend Kip Keino and your exciting initiative and I look forward to a successful relationship with your organisation'.

Further information and entry form can be downloaded here:Africa Week Athletics 2012

Map for Morton Stadium

 

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