NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Athletics legend Paul Tergat has thrown his hat
into the ring and will be vying to lead the Kenya’s Olympic
committee in the national election scheduled for May 5.
Tergat, a two time
Olympic silver medallist, has taken off the lid over his plans
saying he no longer sees the current team as best to carry the
country forward. The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK)
is currently headed by another legend Kipchoge Keino.
“I have worked hard
to represent this great country at international championships
against all odds. I have earned my spot and I believe time has
finally come for me to take the mantle and lead our sports to
greater success,” said Tergat here on Thursday.
Tergat, who is also
a five-time World Cross Country champion, said he will focus on
improving the welfare of the athletes and all sportsmen.
“I want to take a
big role in leading our sports. We have good talent, but they
need to be mentored and guided properly and that will be a
challenge am ready to take,” he said.
However, Tergat will
not be facing a simple battle. If his battles with Ethiopia’s
Haile Gebrselassie on the track is anything to go by, then the
duel with Keino will be brutal.
The former world
marathon record holder (2.04.54) will bring in new imputes in
the management of sports in the country and work hard on
improving the performance of Kenya on the global stage.
Kenya was placed
fifth overall at the last Olympics in Rio winning seven medals
all from athletics.
However, Tergat has
pledged to diversify his support to other disciplines in order
to increase Kenya’s competitiveness at the Olympics.
He hopes his
candidacy will bring unity in the sports industry, improve
cohesion and regain athletes trust on management of their
affairs, which has been lacking.
“I have watched from
the periphery as the management of Nock has struggled and
mishandled the affairs of our sportsmen. At times, I have played
peripheral role just to ensure that the interests of athletes
are taken care of. I want a central role to be in charge and
direct this country forward,” said Tergat.
comes just days after NOCK incumbent officials, under pressure,
agreed to adopt a new constitution fronted by the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) to avoid a ban.
On Tuesday, 18
delegates plus 11 National Executive Members of NOCK unanimously
voted in favour of the new constitution on their third attempt
to pave way for the elections.
The new constitution
takes off the voting rights from the 11 Executive Members, who
have expressed interest to defend their seats.
Javelin world champ Yego to
compete in Finland
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic javelin silver medalist Julius Yego of Kenya has
confirmed he will compete at the Paavo Nurmi Games, which are
part of the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Turku, Finland on
Yego has not
attended any competitive event since he injured his leg at the
Rio Olympics back in August 2016.
The Kenyan thrower
was heartbroken with the injury, having gone to the games aiming
to wipe out his London 2012 Olympics failures where he finished
He had to settle for
silver at the Rio games, a medal won in his first attempt which
went into 88.24m. Yego, 26, probably would have thrown further
had he not retired from the last two throws with injury.
Now he has another
chance this season to prove his critics wrong. The ‘You Tube’
man wrote history last year at the Beijing World Championships
to become the first Kenyan to win gold in a field event at this
level of competition.
“It is true I will
compete in Finland. I am now working on improving my fitness
because the injury has healed well,” Yego said.
Organisers of the
World Challenge event have confirmed that three global champions
will join Olympic champion Thomas Rohler on the javelin runway
World champion Yego,
2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott and 2007 world champion
Tero Pitkamaki will face Rohler and his German compatriot
Johannes Vetter in the Finnish city.
All five men have
personal best throws of beyond 89 metres. Rohler won in Turku
last year, throwing a world-leading 91.28m to add more than two
metres to the meeting record Pitkamaki set in 2015.
The addition of Yego,
Walcott and Vetter means the top four finishers from the Rio
2016 Olympic Games will gather in Turku.