Baringo athletes decry unscrupulous brokers
The third cluster of Athletics Kenya National Consultative Forums continued in Eldama Ravine, Baringo County, yesterday where athletes asked the federation to intervene and rid the game of unscrupulous brokers.
Athletes said many of them live in squalor with nothing to show for their efforts because of these brokers con them of their winnings after taking them abroad for competitions.
According to Christopher Komen, a marathoner, many youths have been lured into skewed deals that favour the managers instead of the athletes.
“We have a lot of brokers in the sport and it’s good the federation has decided to visit athletes and get their views as we have suffered for a long time,” said Komen.
Komen also said that the federation should create an office that will hire professionals like physiotherapists who will assist young upcoming athletes.
“We have a lot of challenges as athletes and the main one is the lack of physiotherapists. We want to ask the federation to come to our aid because we pick injuries while training and it takes a while before we are in good shape to train again,” added Komen.
Furthermore, athletes complained of lack of food and training facilities to prepare them optimally for upcoming races.
Mercy Kimutai, who specialises in 5,000m and 10,000m, said upcoming athletes find it hard to train because they don’t have enough food. “For one to train well, you have to eat well and this has been hard for many upcoming athletes. Some of the athletes come from poor backgrounds and lack sufficient food makes them quit their career,” said Kimutai.