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Athletes' seminar kicks off at Sirikwa Hotel

27 November 2013, 09:33 Beatrice Kipruto

Eldoret - The 2nd edition of the Athletics Kenya seminar for athletes was officially opened Tuesday by the Uasin Gishu County speaker at Sirikwa Hotel in Eldoret town.

In attendance were the President of the Athletics Kenya, Isaiah Kiplagat, his Deputy Paul Mutwii, Commissioner Gordon Oluoch, a medical specialist from the IAAF and athletes from all over the country.

AK Vice president, Paul Mutwii, urged all athletes to attend all sessions and take full advantage of the seminar to gain more skills and knowledge.

Kiplagat said that the main aim of the seminar is to bring athletes, Athletes Kenya and the government together and to ensure that the welfare of the athletes is well taken care of.

"We want to expose runners to other spheres of life because running is one thing, and being a brand and a role model is another. That is the reason we want to make our athletes a brand and good role models," he added.

He also urged the athletes to get an education so as to avoid being termed as education dwarfs in life.

Kiplagat blamed Ministry of Sports for being non-corporative in athletes' affairs, citing the ministry's no-show at the seminar.

The Uasin Gishu County assembly speaker, Isaac Terrer, who was representing governor Jackson Mandago, said that they would support the athletes in every means possible even if the Central Government does not corporate.

The speaker also welcomed Kiplagat's revelation that a blood testing centre would be constructed in Nairobi and urged the athletes to turn up for the seminar to gain knowledge and wisdom.

The seminar ends on Thursday.

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