Saturday, 15 October 2016

Kenyan companies should consider sponsoring athletes besides sponsoring races

Alice Aprot  and Irene Cheptai leading the women's 8km senior race  at Ndalat Gaa cross country

The months of September through December sees a lot of road races happening here in Kenya. Many local companies in the country come in to sponsor these races and as an athlete I feel so grateful for such companies.
However, unlike in other team sports like volleyball, soccer and rugby - where players even get salaries while in their training camps - I am yet to see a company in Kenya that supports athletes in their training, nutrition, coaching, access to gym facilities, accommodation, travel to races and other daily living expenses.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Jemima Sumgong won the first ever Olympic Marathon gold for Kenya on the third day of athletics in Rio

After failing to secure any gold medal in the first two days of athletics,  Kenyans finally got to celebrate their first gold medal in Rio when Jemima Sumgong fought hard to emerge as the winner of the Olympic women marathon race that was run in tough weather conditions. Not only was this the first gold medal for Kenya in Rio; it was the first ever Olympic marathon gold medal to be won by a Kenyan woman in the history of the Olympic Games and Sumgong worked hard to earn it.

Paul Tanui ensured that a medal for Kenya in the men's 10,000m in Rio was bagged

The much anticipated race finally happened on the second day of athletic events in Rio; the men's 10,000m final. Most Kenyans woke up at 3 am to watch this race. The start list was impressive with nine athletes on it having already run under 27 minutes for their personal best times. It was a tense moment for fans as the 34 athletes lined up at the starting line as it was hard to guess who would emerge the winner in such a competitive field.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Great performances by Kenyan women in the 10,000m Rio Olympics

In a day with much anticipation to the beginning of athletics in Rio, Kenyans had woken up to some rather disturbing and quite amusing news of a Kenyan coach caught in a situation that captured the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Why Kenya’s 10,000m runner, Bedan Karoki, is a hero even before he runs in Rio

Bedan Karoki leading Geoffrey Kamworor during Discovery Cross Country in Eldoret

Many will agree that the chances of a Kenyan athlete winning an individual gold medal in the men’s 10,000m at the Rio Olympic Games rests heavily on Bedan Karoki. When he dropped out of the 10,000m race during Kenya’s Olympic trials due to an injury, everyone was optimistic that he would be given a wild card to join the team due to his invaluable input of team spirit. True to the fans’ expectations, he was named into the team and the hopes for the elusive 10,000m gold medal for Kenya now remain high.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

WADA declares Kenya as compliant to the 2015 World Anti-doping Code

Kenyan Athletes training in Iten

The news comes as Kenyan athletes head out for the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil where they hope to perform well and put their country on top of the world at the Olympic medal table, especially in Athletics where they are reputed and are expected to dominate.
This is a press release from the WADA website:
“Following a circular vote of its Foundation Board members, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wishes to announce that

Asbel Kiprop is ready to go for another Olympic gold in Rio

Asbel Kiprop with his fans after winning the Olympic trials'1500m race
Kiprop is now fully focused on the men's 1500m Olympic gold medal in Rio after the latest happenings in Kenya saw his manager, Federico Rosa, getting arrested and later being released on bail. The manager was arrested for charges related to doping and this had interrupted Kiprop's training and even caused him to be beaten for the first time this year in Monaco. However, the court released his manager's passport this week to enable him attend the Olympic Games in Brazil.