Sprinter Monica Safania has raised concerns about why athletes have to pay if they are to train at the Nyayo and Kasarani stadiums.
Sprint sensation Monica Safania has lamented on how sprinters are being treated in the country citing the inaccessibility of facilities without paying.
Safania explained that people always expect the athletes to do well when they go for international assignments but they are denied access to the training facilities if they don’t pay.
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Speaking to Pulse Sports exclusively, the 33-year-old added that some athletes have the talent but lack the money to pay, forcing them to give up.
“As a sprinter, you need to train almost every day but with the constraints that have been set, it becomes very difficult.
Next year we have the All African Games and Olympic Games among others and when we go to compete there, expectations are high. However, at the moment it’s very difficult to access Nyayo Stadium and Kasarani unless you pay.
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You pay Ksh 200 every day and there are very talented runners who lack employment and they cannot be able to afford that,” Safania said.
Despite having a job, she explained that there are bad days when she does not have money and she is forced to skip training.
She added that as a sprinter, she has to train on the tartan track to avoid hurting herself but things are becoming unbearable for her and other upcoming sprinters.
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“I have a job but that doesn’t necessarily mean I can afford to pay every day because in a month, I spend a lot of money.
There are also campus students who want to train but they can’t because they lack the funds. The Ministry of Sports should come through for the upcoming runners who may not be able to afford access to facilities.
We have a good number of sprinters but lack of access to facilities is the major undoing. We have many Omanyalas in the country,” she said.