At the opening of a new high-altitude training camp at Thomson's Falls, 8000 feet above sea level, on Thursday (June 11) it was announced that Kenyan athletes would be competing in the Commonwealth Games at Edinburgh, next month.
GV Thomson's Falls
GV PAN...Sign "High Altitude Training Camp"
MV Sports Ministers-opening speech
GV & SV Crowd (3 shots)
CU Sports Minister concluding
GV Crowd applauding
MV Sports Minister shaking hands with athletes (2 shots)
SCU Keino addresses team
GV Crowd applaud
STV Athlete limbering up
GV PAN...Athletes around new track
SV Sports Ministers and other officials up "agony hill"
RV DITTO AND ...athletes beginning to run
SV PAN..athletes running down hill
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Background: At the opening of a new high-altitude training camp at Thomson's Falls, 8000 feet above sea level, on Thursday (June 11) it was announced that Kenyan athletes would be competing in the Commonwealth Games at Edinburgh, next month.
Opening the camp, Mr Musinda Muliro, the Minister responsible for Sport, announced the lifting of the three-year "contamination rule". Mr Murilo had introduced this rule earlier this year. It banned all Kenyan teams from competing against other world sportsmen who had been in contact with South African in the past three years.
Mr Murilo said "Kenya and all other African nations have decided to give countries such as Britain, New Zealand and Canada one more chance." He said that after the Commonwealth Games a sharp eye would be kept on all sports activities by other world nations. If after July nations play against the South Africans, then Kenya would ban these nations.
It was also announced at the opening that Kipchoge Keino, the Olympic 1,500 metres runner, would captain the Kenya athletics squad in Edinburgh.
Mr Murilo unveiled an honours plaque, listing the achievements of the athletes and boxers at the 1968 Olympics.
After meeting the athletes, Mr Murilo made a successful assault on "Agony Hill" with the athletes. On reaching the top he commented that the hill was the finest situation for stamina training for the athletes and boxers at the camp.