The Kenyan Government will review the reward scheme for the athletes who bring glory to the Nation after winning medals at International championships.
The Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts Ababu Namwamba , announced that reward money scheme will be increased under his leadership. The CS was speaking at a brekfast meeting, lauding the teams examplary performance at the just concluded World Athletics Cross Country Championships that were held in Barthust, Australia.
The Cabinet Secretary said that the existing reward scheme where winners pocket Ksh.300,000 is absolutely unacceptable, compared to reward schemes from other countries like our rivals Ethiopia, Botswana, Uganda. “we are far from matching them, So I have instituted the review of the reward scheme and we will start with our winners from World cross country,” he said.
Namwamba who hosted team Kenya consisting of 28 members to a breakfast at the Weston Hotel in Nairobi on Wednesday morning said good preparation and strategic planning enabled the impressive performance.
“Your performance is a confirmation that good preparation rewards. Early planning, open selection of the team and right to the logistics of preparation made it possible for these results we see here,” he said.
The event was also graced by the Sports Permanent Secretary Jonathan Mueke, Athletics Kenya president, Jackson Tuwei, Lotto Kenya CEO, Dr. Joan Mwaura and Youth and Development Chairman, Branaba Korir.
Kenya was ranked first on the medal standings with 10 medals; six gold, two silver and two bronze. Kenya won two individual titles, mixed relay title and three team titles.