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Grassroots athletics neglected in Kuseroi

22 April 2014, 17:26 Chepkwony Robert

Kuresoi - Kuresoi South Member of Parliament has called on the government to consider investing in sports facilities towards nurturing sporting talent among the youth, saying the reluctance of the sports officials has led to exploitation of sports personalities by foreign agencies.

Through an exclusive interview, the legislature wondered why the government through the parliamentary committee in the National Assembly has failed to produce a report that would shed light on the stalled Olenguruone multimillion stadium.

“When I raised the issue in parliament two months ago, I was told by the committee’s chair that the report would be produced in three weeks since then, a promise that has turned mirage as no one seems committed to it,” said the MP.

Recently, Kuresoi has proved to be a force to reckon with in the athletic world as it has produced world junior beaters, namely Faith Chepng’etich, Jackline Chepwogen, Josphat Bett and his younger sibling Emmanuel Bett among others.

The stadium is meant to facilitate athlete’s training from the region, but now stands as a shell on its own, after the contractor shoddily dug the foundation leaving heaps of soil, with the sports personalities saying it was better to leave the stadium in its former status as it used to serve various functions as compared to now.

The Olympic 5,000 metre runner Isaiah Koech, also hailing from the area says young upcoming athletes are frustrated as they mostly opt to use the nearby school’s grounds for speed work.

Cheruiyot says he would not allow such negligence to frustrate youth efforts to empower themselves economically through sporting talent, and that he would use his time in parliament to pressurize the government to look into the issue.

His sentiments were echoed by Kenneth Kipyego, an Iten-based RunFast Athletics Club coach, who wonders why government was in such a hurry to celebrate the athletes in the recent homecoming ceremony for London Marathon winners, yet it has failed to invest n sports facilities such as the Kamariny stadium in the athletic rich North Rift region of Iten, Kapsabet, Eldoret and Marakwet.

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