Thursday, 3 May 2007

Kenyan Government honours athletes

As the saying goes, Mcheza kwao hutuzwa (looselt translated, He who plays well at home is handsomely rewarded)!
The Kenyan government has found it itself to be rewarding athletes and sportsmen in general for their exploits in the country and abroad. Yesterday saw the World Cross-Country team rewarded for a sterling performance at home during the championships in March at a luncheon hosted at Carnivore Restaurant. team was awarded around KShs.2.3million and in a departure from the past event the coaches were awarded KShs. 20000 each. That's commendable but it should be spread to other sports as well and also serve as an incentive even to private companies willing to engage in sponsoring and rewarding our sportspeople.
Top marathoners snubbed the event as they attended a similar one hosted by two companies showing some interest in our athletes.
Interesting, why don't we all get along and support our athletes as one?
Could the Government also consider putting up a fund for such honours along with a Hall of Fame for outstanding sportpeople over the years ? Could they also hasten up in building infrastructure and sprucing up our stadiums as we look forward to next year's Beijing Olympics and maybe 2010 World Cup ?

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