Kenya Government rewards top athletes

Dec 16, 2010

In the spirit of rewarding high performers the Kenyan Government on Thursday dished out Ksh.25 million to athletes who excelled at various international events this season.

President Mwai Kibaki hosted the Commonwealth team, African Athletics athletes and the finalists at the Youth Olympics Games at the state house, Nairobi.

The President said the cash awards not only serve as a motivation and expression of gratitude but also to make the athletes realized their country appreciates them.

“It is also intended to demonstrate our commitment to celebrating and honoring our national heroes and heroines for their distinguished service to our nation.”

The athletes who competed at the Commonwealth games team got Ksh.14m while the continental and Youth teams shared 11m.

The gold medalists from the Delhi games in India will receive KSh. 500 000, silver and bronze medalists will earn Ksh.300 000 and 200 000 respectively.

Kibaki was concerned with the dwindling standards of football in the country and directed the Sports Minister, Dr.Paul Otuoma to seek ways of revamping the national soccer team Harambee stars.

Said the President: “We must move with speed and salvage the fortunes of our national team.”

National Olympic Committee of Kenya chairman Kipchoge Keino urged the Government to introduce the long overdue lottery to raise funds for Sports. 

 “I want to urge the government to consider introducing the sports lottery so that we can have enough money to develop the various disciplines.”

Sports Minister  said the lottery would be in place as soon as the sports bill becomes law.

 “We have sorted out the financial implications of the bill with the Ministry of Finance awaiting cabinet approval.”