NTV's Smirti Vidyarthi Lead Anchors to Race at Nyayo Stadium [VIDEO]

  • NTV anchors racing at Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi on September 25, 2020.
    NTV anchors racing at Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi on September 25, 2020.
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  • A number of NTV anchors on Friday, September 25, showcased their track talents at Nyayo Stadium by racing each other.

    Trading their formal studio dressing for tracksuits and sneakers, the journalists engaged in a friendly competition at the newly renovated stadium.

    The group which consisted of anchors Smirti Vidyarthi, Waston Karuma, Dann Mwangi, Daniel Mule and Zainab Ismail challenged each other to several races on the refurbished track.

    Watch the video of the races below:

    NTV Swahili anchor Jane Ngoiri was selected to act as the race official. She also recorded the competition on her phone.

    In the first leg of the mini-competition, Dann Mwangi emerged as the winner narrowly edging out his counterpart Daniel Mule.

    The second race had relatively fewer competitors as Zainab Ismail emerged victorious. Vidyarthi also clinched victory in a short dash which was a rematch against a colleague.

    The races were however not official as the anchors were running in the wrong direction and used the finish line as the starting point.

    Watch the video of the NTV anchors racing below:

    President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially open the stadium which had been closed for three years.

    Nyayo Stadium now has a new look with seats fitted on the terraces, which is an improvement from the old-look when spectators would sit on the slab and a host of other facilities.

    Among the first events likely to be held at the venue will be the Nairobi leg of the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour on October 3, 2020.

    However, with the Covid-19 measures, the stadium which has a capacity of 30,000 will only have 6,000 fans allowed during the event.

    “We hope to have 20% of the sitting capacity. People will buy the tickets online and once we hit the 6,000 mark, the portal closes," Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed stated.

    A look at the field at Nyayo National Stadium
    A look at the field at Nyayo National Stadium
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    Timothy Olobulu