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We can make it in sprints

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 29 – Athletics Kenya (AK) chairman Isaiah Kiplagat is confident Kenya can replicate its middle and long distance successes in the sprints.
Kiplagat said on Monday that junior athletes perform brilliantly in the short races but the lure of handsome rewards in the extended events means that this burgeoning talent gets lost.

“In the youth and junior categories, our athletes do very well in the sprints. But when they come of age and join the senior ranks, the lucrative market in the world attracts a lot of them that’s why they disappear,” said Kiplagat.

“This is an area where we want to guide them so that we do not lose them when they mature,” he added.

Kiplagat also said that field events is also a primary area which AK want to develop.

“We are going to buy equipment which we are going to distribute to schools and colleges to ensure that we have many field athletes in this country,” said the AK chairman.

Kiplagat was receiving after receiving Sh16 million sponsorship package from National Bank of Kenya (NBK) for AK’s youth athletic programme.

“We are extending this gesture to AK because we understand that athletics is the biggest sport in Kenya and we want play a part in helping the youth develop in this field,” said NBK managing director Reuben Marambii.

Earlier this year, the bank sponsored the Eastern Branch of AK during their trials in Meru and later in Nairobi during the championships.

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  1. Tupac

    October 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    nice one.. damn!

  2. Tupac

    October 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Lol funny one

  3. mowan sheqow

    March 20, 2013 at 6:44 am

    was in the same situation some time last year and after a 2 months chase, just when he was so willing to listen to what i had to say… i let it go and now 3months down the line am doing very much ok.

  4. I'm with Solo 7

    March 20, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Nice article 🙂

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