Nock comes to Yego’s aid as top federation officials visit Tokyo Olympics training camp

Thursday, January 21st, 2021 10:01 |
Africa javelin champion Julius Yego during the 2017 World Championships in London. Photo/PD/FILE

Audrey Miheso

A delegation from National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) and Athletics Kenya (AK) made a mid-week visit to Global Sports Communication camp in Kaptagat, Uasin Gishu County where some of the Olympic athletes are training, to check on their Olympic preparedness, motivate them as well as listen to their concerns.

During the visit, Javelin star Julius Yego was handed Sh 900, 000 to aid him in his training ahead of the global showpiece in August.

Yego while expressing his gratitude for being considered among the athletes receiving individual scholarships, said: “I will develop a programme with my coach to improve my training.

My main target is winning the Olympics. Winning silver medal at the Rio Games was great and I appreciate it. My main focus, however, in this Olympics is to win a gold medal.’’

Nock’s Secretary-General Francis Mutuku who was accompanied by Athletes Representative Humphrey Kayange and Tokyo Olympics General Team Manager and Athletics Kenya Executive Member Barnabas Korir met athletes at the camp including the reigning Olympic marathon champion and world record holder Eliud Kipchoge as well as world cross country and half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor who train together at the camp.

They were joined by two-time Chicago and London Marathon champion, Brigid Kosgei who trains at Kapsait Nike camp.

Led by coach Patrick Sang who heads the training camp, the officials were given a tour of the facility by the athletes before having a round table sit-down with them.

Korir informed the athletes that they were on a fact-finding mission, by both NOC-K and A.K so as to understand best how to support the athletes as we gear towards the Olympic Games. 

Being an Olympic year, it was necessary to reassure athletes of support from the stakeholders involved towards their preparations.

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