NAIROBI, August 1– President Uhuru Kenyatta joined the athletics fraternity in cheering Kenya’s teams to the Beijing IAAF World Championships as well as the 2015 Africa Games.
The President, who was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, spent the afternoon at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani where the national trials for the two championships were held.
It was a lively afternoon as Kenya’s world renown athletes battled out for the top spots to qualify for the championships.
It was a moment to behold as the great athletes like Ezekiel Kemboi and David Rudisha competed with newcomers, some reaching the finish line before the champions and reassuring Kenyans that the country has more talent in the pipeline.
President Kenyatta told the athletes to continue making Kenyans proud and they should count on the support of every Kenyan.
“We are certain you will make us proud. We wish you success and count on our total support” he told the athletes.
During the event, Isaiah Kiplagat announced officially that he has relinquished the chairmanship of the Athletics Kenya.
Kiplagat said he was impressed by how the trials were organized by the new team led by acting President of Athletics Kenya, General (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei.
“They say new broom sweeps clean. I am impressed by how this event has been organized,” said Kiplagat.
Kiplagat said this was a sign that Kenya is prepared to host the 2017 World Youth Championships. First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is the patron of the organizers of event.