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Manangoi Plea To Govt, CWG Medallists Get KSh12.5m

World 1500m champion, Elijah Manangoi (left)receives his dummy cheque from Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Sports and Heritage, Rashid Echesa(right) in Nairobi on May 8, 2018.PHOTO/SPN
World 1500m champion, Elijah Manangoi (left)receives his dummy cheque from Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Sports and Heritage, Rashid Echesa(right) in Nairobi on May 8, 2018.PHOTO/SPN
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NAIROBI, Kenya- World and Commonwealth men 1500m champion, Elijah Manangoi, has urged the Government to relate closer with Kenyan athletes to boost their performance internationally.

The Team Kenya captain from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia made it clear they need proper training facilities, timely allowances and moral support from the Ministry of Sports and Heritage for them to post impressive results.

“If all our needs are met, I can assure you that rate at which the country will bag medals will double,” underlined Manangoi on Tuesday morning in Nairobi when the Ministry held a reward ceremony for the medalists from the Gold Coast 2018 where Kenya bagged four gold, seven silver and six bronze.

Gold winners received KSh1m while silver and bronze medallists took home KSh750,000 and KSh500,000 in that order with the State splashing KSh12.5m on Tuesday (USD124,458.60).

Manangoi challenged fellow athletes to be prepared to reciprocate the request by conquering continental and world championships.

While responding to the appeal Cabinet Secretary, Rashid Echesa, assured that the athletes needs will be duly met during his tenure.

“I have worn this shoe before so I know the challenges the players go through while stepping up training for contests.

“I will make sure that they are availed structures for training, they are appreciated and rewarded in time like we have done today,” underlined Echesa who handed cheques to all the 17 athletes who won medals for Kenya in Australia.

Competitive athletes

“This payment  has been made  in compliance with the directive made by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2016.

“I will advocate for even a better package if possible because I have spent time with athletes and have known the kind of suffering they endure, including waking up in the wee hours of the morning to train, in order to bring us gold,” Echesa noted.

“I was in Cuba recently and realized that athletes are celebrated more than the president.

“I want to make it clear that my office is open for any athlete who might have a pressing on challenging issue that may require intervention by the Ministry,” the minister underscored.

While thanking the Government for compensating the athletes and shouldering all their expenses to Gold Coast, National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) chairman, Paul Tergat challenged national federations to avail to NOCK competitive athletes during universal competitions.

“I urged the associations to select for us their best players, people who can win medals.

“The officials should also try to avoid situations that will push you them to the wall to solve their matters at the Sports Dispute Tribunal board like we witnessed before we departed to Australia,” Tergat underlined.

REWARDED ATHLETES

Gold   Wycliffe Kinyamal                           Men’s 800m

Gold  Conseslus Kipruto                          Men’s 3000m Steeplechase

Gold  Hellen Obiri                                      Women’s 5000 m

Gold  Elijah Motonei Manangoi             Men’s 1500m

Silver Stacy Ndiwa                                     Women’s 10,000m

Silver Beatrice Chepkoech                       Women’s 1500 m

Silver Celliphine Chepteek Chespol       Women’s 3000 m Steeplechase

Silver Abraham Kibiwott                          Men’s 3000 m Steeplechase

Silver Margaret Nyairera Wambui        Women’s 800 m

Silver Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi     Women’s 5000 m

Silver Timothy Cheruiyot Athletics        Men’s 1500 m

Bronze          Samuel Ireri Gathimba      Men’s 20 kilometres walk

Bronze          Edward Zakayo                    Men’s 3000 m Steeplechase

Bronze           Purity Cherotich Kirui        Women’s 3000 m Steeplechase

Bronze          Amos Kirui                            Men’s 3000 m Steeplechase

Bronze          Rodgers Kwemoi                 Men’s 10000m

Bronze          Christine Ongare              Women’s 51 kg  Boxing

 

 


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