Sports CS Ababu Namwamba has lofty plans for athletes as he looks to take Iten back to its glory days.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba has pledged to support the nurturing of talents in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County as he seeks to ensure athletes dominate worldwide.
Speaking during a breakfast meeting with some top athletes in the country, Namwamba acknowledged Iten as the cradle of athletics and promised to work round the clock to bring back the region to where it belongs.
In 2020, Iten was awarded a World Athletics Heritage Plaque for an outstanding contribution to the worldwide history and development of the sport of track and field and out-of-stadia athletics disciplines.
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Ferdinand Omanyala was in a class of his own as he showcased his prowess to dominate the men's 200m heats on day one of the third Athletics Kenya meet.
"We will work with Governor Wisley Rotich to elevate Iten as a sports destination for sports talents in Africa. We want to install this town as a real global heritage site," he said.
Namwamba also insisted that the ministry has plans to roll out a training program for coaches to equip them with requisite skills in the ever-evolving field.
He also touched on steeplechase and assured that the ministry would burn the midnight oil to ensure Kenya takes charge of the discipline once again.
The CS also warned athletes about doping, a menace that has destroyed Kenya’s reputation on the global stage.
"I’m a strong believer in Abraham Lincoln’s mantra that it is more honorable to lose than to cheat. We must work together to rid our athletics scene of this vice.
“We are not going to wait for them to break the records and then join in the celebration. Our mantra is to walk with them through the process, in their highs and low moments,” he said.
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Sports CS Ababu Namwamba has expressed admiration for the hard work and dedication that Faith Kipyegon and Eliud Kipchoge possess.
Meanwhile, the CS also noted that plans were underway to elevate the annual Iten International Marathon to international standards.