Eliud Kipchoge not primarily motivated by financial gain as he chases third-straight Olympic title

Eliud Kipchoge not primarily motivated by financial gain as he chases third-straight Olympic title

20:30 - 12.04.2024

Kipchoge has given his perspective on World Athletics decision to award Olympic champions in Paris.

Eliud Kipchoge has welcomed the recent decision by Sebastian Coe, head of World Athletics, to award cash prizes to athletics gold medallists at the Paris Olympics. 

This groundbreaking move marks the first time in Olympic history that such financial rewards will be granted to track and field athletes.

Kipchoge recognized the significance of the initiative led by Seb Coe and World Athletics, noting, "It was a great idea for Seb Coe and World Athletics ... for the young generations I think it's a good idea to develop - it makes sport more interesting."

However, Kipchoge shared his candid perspective, emphasising that his motivation to run stems not from monetary gain but from a desire to perform at his best.

 "I don't run because of money but I run because I want to perform," Kipchoge affirmed to Reuters.

Kipchoge's remarks highlight his deep commitment to the sport of running and his belief in the importance of fostering its growth and development, particularly among younger generations. 

While he acknowledges that financial rewards may add an extra layer of motivation for athletes, he remains steadfast in his dedication to pursuing excellence on the track for the sheer love of the sport.

As one of the most decorated athletes in marathon history, Kipchoge's endorsement of the cash prize initiative carries significant weight within the athletics community. 

His words reflect a genuine appreciation for the strides being made to enhance the Olympic experience for athletes while also acknowledging the broader impact such initiatives can have on the future of sports.

With the introduction of cash prizes for Olympic medallists, the stage is set for an exciting new chapter in the world of athletics.

 As athletes prepare to compete on the global stage, they can now aspire not only to Olympic glory but also to tangible recognition for their achievements. 

And for Eliud Kipchoge, the pursuit of excellence remains at the forefront, regardless of the incentives that may come his way.

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