(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Olympic body is working
around the clock to change athletes attitude towards
international competition by coming up with structures
that will take care of their welfare.
Paul Tergat, who was elected National
Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) President in
September, believes his is a transition governance that
will transform the country’s fortune in international
championships, and hopes to restore Kenya’s stature as a
giant in sport beyond the track and field.
“Ahead of us rewarding the best
athletes of 2017, we must look at how we have been
doing our business. Youth athletes must be
encouraged to take up sport and in doing so we will
build a strong team,” he said.
Kenya’s Sports Personality of the Year
Award (Soya) gala night will be held on Jan. 17 in
Nairobi with the best female and male athlete taking
home US Dollars 10,000 each.
Tergat revealed that the theme of this
year’s award gala will be “Passing on the Baton”, which
reflects the transition taking place in the local sports
fraternity, as more established athletes pave way for
rising stars and sporting federations embrace younger
The theme was chosen to encourage
experienced athletes and those at the top of their
careers to take up the role of mentors.
“We want to encourage the rising stars
to aspire to great achievements and stand ready to
receive the mantle of leadership,” said Tergat.
Of concern for the Kenyan sports
official is the country’s preparations and performance
at the international competitions, starting with World
Half Marathon (Valencia, Spain), World Indoor
Championships (Birmingham England) and the Commonwealth
Games (Gold Coast Australia). Rugby’s World Series is
also of significant with Tergat calling on respective
federations to take the competitions serious.
“These are competitions that will
define our leadership as officials and our strength
as athletes from Kenya. We must focus on bringing
out our best talent and give it the best shot,” said
Kenya intends to send a team of over
350 athletes and officials to the Commonwealth Games in
April, which will set the country back some 4 million US
However, with no World Championships
in Athletics or the Olympics, the track and field
athletes will put their best foot forward at the
Commonwealth Games, which comes in April.
Kenya won 10 gold medals in the last
competition in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014, which was two
less than what it harvested in Delhi, India in 2010. But
Tergat is hopeful the team being prepared will weather
the storm and register the country best performance in