Nakuru to set up training complex in Keringet

Monday, December 2nd, 2019 00:00 |
Faith Chepng’etich (left) one of the famous athletics products from Keringet is welcomed home after a past international event. Photo/PD/FILE

Ericson Kiprono

Nakuru County has allocated Sh50 million towards the construction of Keringet Sports Academy High Altitude Training Complex in Kuresoi South Sub-county.

County Executive in charge of Youths and Sports Lucy Kariuki said the 20-acre complex, whose first phase will cost the devolved unit Sh50 million, will be commissioned next year by area Governor Lee Kinyanjui.

Speaking during the inaugural Keringet Roads race in Kuresoi on Saturday, Kariuki said the acquisition of the land where the complex will be built is at an advanced stage.

“You will have international athletes camping at the centre as it will be a state-of-the-art high altitude training facility,” she said.

Keringet has produced world beaters including former World Marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui and the reigning Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Chepng’etich.

Budgetary allocation

Kariuki also urged the Nakuru County Assembly to support sports by pushing for more budgetary allocation.

“We have many talented youth and it is through sports that we can nurture such talents,” she said while announcing that plans are underway to hold the Nakuru town Marathon in May next year once the town is elevated to a city.

Kariuki said the county government will also upgrade Molo, Rongai, Kamkunji, Bahati and Gilgil Stadiums.

“A team has already been dispatched to assess the state of all the 19 stadiums in the county so that we can ensure they are in good condition,” added Kariuki.

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