YouTube athlete faults govt for failing to nurture talent
17 November 2014, 15:55
Nakuru - Julius Yego, the first Kenyan to claim non-running commonwealth title when he bagged gold by beating Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago at the 2014 Glasgow javelin throw competition, has said the Sports Ministry and Athletics Kenya (AK) is to blame for laxity in nurturing field events in the athletics sport.
Yego said this during the Sunday’s 2014 Kass International Marathon in Eldoret Sports Club, adding that Kenya has a lot of brilliant talents in field events, but the problem is on how to capture the new talents.
The 25-year-old self-taught javelin thrower who learnt his trade by watching videos on YouTube says the main problem is Kenya’s culture of athletics sports which rallies much support at the track events.
“We have other talents but the problem is how to capture the talents. Kenya’s culture supports the track events more and forgets field events,” said the athlete.
He now proposes that corporate companies sponsor competitions in field events where new talents can be realized, established and nurtured.
During his homecoming ceremony in his former high school, Kapsabet Boys High School, Yego held a mini javelin competition for young athletes who participated in throwing.
He said, “My former high school, Kapsabet high school has its own history as well. It has been producing very good athletes ranging from running to filed events.”
Yego called on the AK body to check on its programme, where he proposed a follow up events despite end of season, especially on nurturing field events.
He said he was happy to have the government’s honour after being named named captain to Kenya’s team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he represented Kenya in a rare sport.
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