Kipchoge and Wanja to feature in webinar series
Olympic champion and world marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge and Malkia Strikers’ setter Janet Wanja conclude the first season of National Olympic Committee-Kenya (NOC-K) webinar series when they take the stage this evening.
The two will talk about the mindset and discipline of success in a virtual conference in the last webinar session to be moderated by Lynn Wachira of BBC.
This is in view of the Covid-19 pandemic that has caused the biggest disruption to global sport since World War II, leading to the cancellation and postponement of sports events all over the world.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which have been pushed to 2021, are the biggest casualty.
This disruption has deprived athletes of competition and spectators left with virtually nothing to watch.
NOC-K has taken steps to utilise this void by engaging with the local sports fraternity through a series of webinars which have attracted experts from various fields and some of Kenyan sports’ leading lights.
They include 1988 Olympic 5,000m champion and five-time world cross country champion John Ngugi, Harambee Stars legend Musa Otieno, reigning World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri, the one time top try scorer in World Rugby Series, Collins Injera among others.
Various topics have been selected to equip our athletes with knowledge on how to deal with issues affecting them on day to day basis amid Covid-19.
The topics covered to-date include mental wellness, fitness, nutrition, anti-doping, financial management and image management.
NOC-K acting secretary Francis Mutuku, said, “It is important that we encourage the holistic growth and development of athletes by imparting skills, attributes and values that will assist them to achieve success in life, regardless of the level of success they achieve in sport. These webinars are a first step towards achieving that.”
Commenting on the Thursday’s session, he noted, “We are particularly excited to have these two great servants of Kenyan sport on our platform to share more insights about success and longevity in their respective disciplines over the years. They will definitely have great tips to share with upcoming athletes and the public in general.”
He also gave his assessment on the webinars, saying, “It has been an eye-opening experience for everyone involved.
We have been able to bring together industry experts and athletes to lead conversations that we never get to have in normal circumstances.