Nairobi — 5 elite athletes led by world 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot on Monday obtained scholarship cheques from the Nationwide Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-Okay).
NOC-Okay chief Paul Tergat whereas visiting athletes at their coaching camps in Eldoret, handed the scholarship cheques that’s value Sh400,000 every to 800m Commonwealth Video games gold medallist Wycliffe Kinyamal, 10,000m Commonwealth Video games bronze medallist Rodgers Kwemoi, Emily Cherotich, 800m Diamond League winner Ferguson Rotich, and Cheruiyot.
Tergat, who paid a courtesy name to Uasin Gishu County, Governor Jackson Mandago, checked up on the athletes’ Olympics preparations.
Tergat was accompanied in Eldoret by NOC-Okay Ag. Secretary Basic, Francis Mutuku, Athletes Consultant Humphrey Kayange and Basic Group supervisor of Tokyo Olympics, Barnabas Korir.
They had been additionally joined by Patrick Sang, the elite long-distance coach, who runs a coaching camp in Kaptagat, one of many centres that the NOC-Okay boss visited.
“There’s nothing that provides us extra pleasure as a Board than seeing our athletes succeed. We need to guarantee you that we’ll work collectively as stakeholders, to make sure that all athletes are properly ready for the Olympic Video games in Tokyo. We’re pursuing all out there alternatives to help our athletes, together with scholarships resembling those we’re issuing to you in the present day. We’re additionally encouraging all athletes to consider the long run and visualize what you’ll do after you retire.”
Kayange, the NOC-Okay athlete’s consultant, inspired the athletes to make use of the athletes fee to articulate their points.
“As a fee and as a Board, we are attempting make sure that the athletes give attention to their efficiency and objectives. We’re subsequently selling packages that proceed to enhance the administration of athletes.”
Reiterating what Tergat mentioned, Kayange knowledgeable the athletes that the Athletes Fee can also be planning packages to help athletes throughout their profession in addition to after they transit to a submit sports activities profession.
Patrick Sang on his half urged NOC-Okay to proceed figuring out and supporting extra athletes with scholarships to care for their coaching wants since they want all of the help they will get as they put together for the Olympic Video games.
He urged media to ‘undertaking the optimistic aspect of the sports activities, the onerous work, the workforce work that goes into participation at Video games resembling Olympics. Because the media you’ll play a key function for the workforce on the Tokyo 2020 Video games,’ talked about Sang who’s the coach of Olympic marathon champion, Eliud Kipchoge.
The Basic Group supervisor, Korir, additionally an Govt Member of Athletics Kenya assured the nation that the athletes who’ve certified and who will go for qualification occasions have been chosen based mostly on their efficiency and they’re going not just for participation, but additionally to win medals for Kenya.
Vivian Cheruiyot, the 5,000m Olympic Champion, talking to fellow athletes inspired them.
“We’re going by a troublesome interval, as athletes we should make sure that for each shilling, we get we do not spend all of it however save a few of it.’ Sports activities folks had been one of many hardest hit by the pandemic, when all competitions and coaching the place they earn their residing was halted for near a yr. The federal government got here into the rescue, cushioning them with a stimulus bundle in July 2020.”
The Governor was completely satisfied to obtain the NOC-Okay delegation and requested them to nature expertise in different sports activities disciplines that the youth interact in.
“The County Authorities of Uasin Gishu will work carefully with NOC-Okay to develop technical experience of sports activities directors at this degree. We’re additionally requesting Sports activities Kenya to fast-track completion of sports activities stadia inside Uasin Gishu to be used by the Olympic groups.”
Acknowledging the unbelievable quantity of expertise within the county, he additional requested that NOC-Okay holds the athletic trials, ‘mini Olympics’, within the county.