Kenya will partner with Cuba to improve the country’s capacity in short races and field events.
Commissioner for Sports Japson Gitonga said Kenya has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Kenyan athletes in short races and field events to get advanced coaching by Cuban technical experts.
“Cubans are good and advanced in sprints and field events and that’s why we need their expertise in this category of athletics,” he said.
Gitonga said Kenya needs to diversify to other areas of athletics instead of being dependent on middle and long distance races whose stranglehold is being threatened citing Jamaica which is renowned for sprinters winning the 3000m steeplechase at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
“The medals won by Julius Yego in javelin and Nicholas Bett in 400m hurdles contributed immensely to Kenya winning the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing and also proved we have a potential of producing world beaters in sprints and field events,” he said.
He said the Ministry of Sports and Heritage took advantage of the partnership between the two countries which has seen Cuban doctors in Kenya to sign a similar MOU.