President Ruto advocates for robust mentorship programs for Kenyan athletes


ATHLETICS President Ruto advocates for robust mentorship programs for Kenyan athletes

Festus Chuma 10:03 - 24.02.2024

President William Ruto has advocated for mentorship of young Kenyan athletes to prevent tragedies and enhance their careers and personal development.

President William Ruto has made a heartfelt call for enhanced guidance and mentorship for young Kenyan athletes.

The call came during the somber occasion of the funeral service for world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum held on Friday at the ASK Chepkorio grounds. 

President Ruto underscored the importance of veteran athletes and coaches in leading the charge towards nurturing upcoming talents, ensuring their careers flourish safely and sustainably.

"We all need to be mindful of our lifestyles so that we can avoid instances like this, where a very young Kenyan has lost his life. Coaches, veteran athletes should do more in mentoring young athletes," President Ruto remarked, emphasizing the collective responsibility to safeguard the futures of young sportsmen and women

The Kenyan sporting community has been rocked by several losses in recent years, including Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru, Agnes Tirop found murdered in her home, Nicholas Bett who died in a road accident, and David Lelei. 

The recent passing of Kiptum, alongside his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana in a road accident, adds to the list of sorrows, underlining the urgency of President Ruto's plea.

The funeral service was attended by dignitaries such as World Athletics head Sebastian Coe, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, and Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei, alongside veteran athletes and members of parliament.

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