World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, former world 3,000m steeplechase champion Milcah Chemos, former world javelin champion Julius Yego and former world 800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei have urged fellow athletes to balance between education and their running career.
During the prize giving ceremony in Eldoret, the athletes said they went to school to gain more knowledge as well as balancing education to ensure that they compete with the rest of the world.
In an interaction session during the Team Kenya reward ceremony for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Kipchoge challenged athletes not to go through the school but to work hard and earn the purpose of them being in school.
“I want to urge athletes not to go through the school but be in school with a purpose of passing and being relevant in their course. You can meet someone who has done form four but writing the name is a challenge. Those are not the type of education we want but the quality one,” said the double Olympic marathon champion.
Chemos, the athletes representative pointed out that she had to go to school too, “As a retired athlete, I want to tell athletes that they should go past running and further their education to build your future,” said Chemos.
Jepkosgei, who started her training camp, Kapchemoiywo Athletics Training Camp has also established a school to nurture others.
“As much as I love sports, my tertiary education, I did not do anything with sports but Social work to help me nurture young people very well,” said Jepkosgei.