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Tergat: Championships should unite AK

21 November 2014, 16:17

Nairobi - Former world marathon record holder Paul Tergat believes the Athletics Kenya (AK) should unite after the country was named as host of the World Youth Championships in 2017.

Tergat, who now serves on the International Olympic Committee, has called on the federation and its stakeholders to work in collaboration with government to illustrate that the country is capable of hosting international events.

"I'm a guy who dreams big from small starts. It is not too far for us to push as country to get the Olympics. South Africa proved Africa is capable by holding the World Cup," Tergat.

"But first, we must showcase our organisation ability by holding a successful World Youth to show the world what we can do as a country that is respected for athletics. We should show everyone the confidence we have in us to put up such an event.

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"We now need each other since Kenya is bigger as a nation. We should put aside our differences and work hard to host a successful event since it is a big honour for our country. Athletics will be coming back home.
"We have enough time to plan a great event if Government, federation and everyone joins efforts. We have the infrastructure in place and the experience since we hosted the 2007 World Cross and 2010 Africa Senior Championships that were fantastic.

"So, we can't afford to waste time by arguing with each other and we need to rally behind the World Youth to showcase our organisational skills."

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