NAIROBI, Kenya

A day after the World Health Organization labeled the new coronavirus a pandemic, Kenya banned Thursday its athletes from traveling for international events over the disease. 

“Following a directive from the Government of Kenya and due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Athletics Kenya has suspended all clearance and travel of athletes for international events,” Athletics Kenya (AK) announced in a statement.

The AK announced that the move was in a bid to safeguard its athletes from contracting COVID-19.

“We urge all athletes to cancel their travel arrangements for the next one month,” the AK said.

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