Athletics Kenya (AK) President Jackson Tuwei has announced the suspension of all activities for the next two weeks in honour of late Olympian Agnes Tirop.

Tirop was found dead on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at her home in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County. The athlete was found with stab wounds in her abdomen.

"Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband," read a statement by AK.

The 25-year-old burst into the national limelight in 2012 after claiming the junior cross country championships and has represented Kenya on multiple occasions and different races, the latest being the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in which she finished fourth in the 5,000 meters finals.

In his condolence message, President Uhuru Kenyatta described Tirop as a treasure Kenya has lost, as he directed the police to expedite investigations into the killing of Ms Tirop.

[File image of Agnes Tirop. |Photo| Courtesy|]

“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people.

“I urge our law enforcement agencies led by the National Police Service to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes so that they can face the full force of the law,” said President Kenyatta.

She is suspected of having been killed by the husband with whom they have been having issues.

The husband is the main suspect who still remains at large.