Uhuru promises high-performance sport investment

By evelyn watta
Aug 16, 2013
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady meets Bidan Karoki and Alphas Kishoyian when he hosted the team for Lunch in Moscow.

Moscow - The tactics slip up at the ongoing World Athletics Championships has caught the attention of the highest office in the land,with President Uhuru Kenyatta promising to invest in high-performance resources to maximise our athletes chances at the world stage.

Uhuru noted that the country’s athletes cannot be at par with their competitors by only relying on their depth of talent without advanced and scientific training.

“We are keen on improving your terms so that you can compete on the same level with the worlds best athletes. We don’t just want to tap into your raw talent but we should also provide necessary technical support that you will require to perfect your inborn talent,” said Uhuru at a luncheon he hosted in honour of the team on Friday in Moscow.

With three gold medals, three silver and three bronze with only two day of competition remaining at the Luzhniki stadium the spotlight has been on Kenya’s missed medals especially in the long distance races where our local runners have lost their races in the homestretch due to botched tactics and poor race approaches.

President Uhuru who is on a brief stop in Moscow en-route to China Saturday singled out the Kenyan captain Julius Yego whose own ingenuity has helped him even as he seeks a historic medal in the men’s javelin.

Kenya has the talent

“I know that we have immense talent even in field events. Look at the Kenyan captain you have done so well to reach this far, your own initiative which shows that with the right support you can go far,” the President noted of the self-trained javelin thrower who has had to rely on brief stints in Finland before last years Olympics and the world championships.

“We lack the tactics and the technology. In future we have to tweak our training to go more scientific for instance Mo Farah.

We also need more stadia one in high and low altitude,” added Hassan Wario, the Cabinet secretary for Sports.

Wario said there was need to establish the establishment of the sports fund that would help finance sporting projects. It is clear that the team in Moscow cannot equal the performance in Daegu with the women’s 800m, 5000m,marathon and 1500m men’s races remaining but it was a performance that would not go unnoticed by the head of State.

He handed out personal donations of $2000(Ksh.174 000) each to the Gold winners, 1000(Ksh.87000) to the silver and $500(Ksh.43 500) to the bronze winners and $200(Ksh. 17 400) to each member of the team including the technical team.

“When you come back home we also have to give you something like we did to our brothers in the Rugby team so this is just to hold your pocket for now,”he assured.