•Tuwei said the postponement is necessary to allow for a two-week mourning period after which new dates will be announced
•The federation's top brass will tomorrow visit the family of the deceased to condole with them
The first and second leg of the Athletics Kenya Cross Country Championships that were to be held in Machakos and Iten respectively have been postponed in honour of world 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop who was murdered on Tuesday night.
AK president Jack Tuwei said it is only right to postpone the competitions — initially scheduled for the next fortnight — to allow for the athletics fraternity to mourn and prepare a proper send-off for Tirop.
"In view of the latest developments, in honour of our fallen athletes, we have postponed the first and second legs of the AK Cross Country Series. The same goes for any other athletics event that were planned within the next two weeks," Tuwei said.
Tuwei added that the federation's top brass will tomorrow visit the family of the deceased to condole with them.
"We will not only just sit back here but tomorrow we plan to visit her parents to stand with them and reassure them that we are with them throughout this tough period," he said.
He reiterated his earlier call to athletes to reach out to the federation for assistance in case of any problems at home, including mental health challenges.
AK also applauded President Uhuru Kenyatta's directive to security agencies to expedite investigations into Tirop's murder and accord justice to the family.