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Kipchoge Keino Wins Superbrands Personality of The Year Award

Kenyan sporting hero the legendary athlete Kipchoge Keino was awarded with the ‘Superbrands Personality of The Year Award’.

This year, and for the first time since its 2006 inception in East Africa, the program introduced the ‘Superbrands Personality of The Year Award’. The accolade was presented to the Kenyan sporting icon and legend Kipchoge Keino to be the first recipeint of the award.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist, Keino was among the first in a long line of successful middle and long distance runners to come from the country and has helped and inspired many of his fellow countrymen and women to become the athletics force that they are today.

Superbrands East Africa celebrated 40 of the region’s top brands at a Tribute Awards Ceremony held on Thursday 31st March 2022 at the Trademark Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

Receiving the award, the esteemed Keino noted that his hard work and focus made him a world-class competitor and urged brands to come together and support sports in the country.

“Let us work and improve sports in this country. Sports unite the youths of this country and the world and I’m sure we have a lot of talents in this country. Let us prepare and build facilities in various schools to support our youth. We can do it if we’re united and build facilities for our youths”

Amongst the many brands awarded with the Superbrand 2022 seal of excellence: Safaricom, Betika, Elgon-Kenya, Kenya Red-Cross, Supaloaf, The Guardian (TZ) and Bank of Baroda (UG).

Brands recognised in this 7th edition were derived from a 100% consumer insights survey conducted by TNS Kantar.

Keino won 1,500 metres gold at the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games, before winning the 3,000m steeplechase title four years later in Munich.

He also won two Olympic silver medals, three Commonwealth Games gold medals and two African Games titles in his career.

Keino was among the first athletes inducted into the World Athletics Hall of Fame, while he was awarded the Olympic Laurel at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony for his service to the Olympic movement.

In the year 2020, organisers of the Nairobi World Athletics Continental Tour event had announced the competition will be known as Kipchoge Keino Classic, in honour of Kenya’s athletics great.

“The committee settled on Kipchoge Keino Classic as the name of the Nairobi meet in honour of athletics legend,” event director Barnaba Korir said.

“We are glad and privileged that he has accepted the honour.”

The legend has two stadiums named in honour. Eldoret in Uasin Gishu county the town known as the “The City of Champions” its main stadium and Nandi which is commonly referred to as the “Source of Champions” both named their main stadiums as Kipchoge Keino.

The evening of March 31st, 2022, was a celebration of the leading brands that persevered and broke boundaries despite the COVID19 pandemic. Brand representation came from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The legend Fatwel Kimaiyo record lives on

Former Commonwealth Games 110m hurdles champion Fatwel Kimaiyo is a legend in Kenyan running history after representing the country for long.

The man who made his first outing winning gold in 110m hurdles at the East and Central Africa in Zambia said he remained relevant in the game because he ran naturally unlike the current generation that dopes.

Kimaiyo represented the country at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972, competing in 400m hurdles but failed to qualify but avenged the following year with a win at the Africa Championships, winning gold in 110m hurdles.

His star shone most when he won the 1974 Commonwealth Games in 110m hurdles with his record still intact and finished fourth in 400m hurdles.

“At All Africa Games in 1968, I won the 110m hurdles and at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, I picked an injury and finished fourth yet I was the defending champion. I developed an injury that took a long time to heal,” said Kimaiyo lamenting that he was fit to win gold at the 1976 Olympic Games but Africa boycotted the race.

His running career was inspired by Kimaru Songok who was the 400m hurdles and 110m hurdles national champion. They were training together at the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) School.

He ran alongside Kimaru, the late Julius Sang from Prison, Ben Kandie, Kipchoge Keino, Amos Biwott, Mike Boit, Cherono Maiyo and Tecla Chemabwai Sang.

“Now we lack sprints because Americans have taken over because we lack training facilities. If athletics Kenya can be serious in training them, we can be so well. We have good sprinters and AK and the ministry of sports should establish camps in low areas, we can get good sprinters. For me, I used to train alone seriously. Even while at home, I used to be serious in my training, that is why I shone in the hurdles,” said Kimaiyo in his home.

He advised young sprinters that they should train and avoid doping. He says he’s too strong because he ran clean.

“To motivate more sprinters, we should have more training facilities to build more tracks. If you go to Europe, tracks are all over and there are no murram tracks. I want to urge county governments and the national government to build more training facilities and Kenya will shine in sprints,” he said.

The 74 year-old is married to Katherine Serem with five children, Ibrahim Kiptanui Maiyo, Late Stephen Kimutai Maiyo, Paul Kipkirui Kosgei, Naomie Jepkogei and Laban Kiptoo Maiyo. He currently works as a farmer and a Coach.

Court Summons Legendary Kipchoge Keino to face Graft Charges

The legendary and Kenya’s celebrated athlete Kipchoge Keino has been summoned to appear in court over the 2016 Rio Olympics scandal over misappropriation of Ksh.55 million.

Anti-Corruption court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti directed Keino a former National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) chairman to appear in court on Friday, (October 19) alongside ex Sports minister Dr Hasan Wario.

Keino and Wario, who is currently Kenya’s ambassador to Austria, are set to face graft charges alongside other NOCK officials and Ministry of Sports officers  implicated in the misappropriation of funds that were set aside for the Rio Olympic games.

Keino and Wario were expected to appear in court on Monday together former Principal Secretary Richard Ekai, the then Rio Games Chief De Mission Stephen Soi and NOCK Secretary General Francis Kinyili. To face graft charges but the duo were not available.

According to Keino, through his lawyer asked to be excused from Monday’s appearance because was out of the country and will be back on Thursday.

The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti issued an arrest warrant for Wario’s arrest through Interpol.


Kipchoge Keino : I Will Educate Nicholas Bett’s Children

Former National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) chairman Kipchoge Keino promised mourners at the former 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett’s children will get free education.. 

The former Olympic champion owns two schools, The Kipchge Keino High school based in Turbo along Eldoret Bungoma highway and one at Kazi Mingi Farm.

“We have lost a young man who has just started his family. With such pain, the widow may not manage to educate all children but am promising this congregation and the family that Bett’s children will be enrolled for free at my school,” Kipchoge promised.

Bett died last week at road accident along Kapsabet-Nakuru Highway.

Source: dailysport.co.ke

Tergat to Face off Keino in Plascom Run

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) President Paul Tergat will face former athletics pacemaker Martin Keino in the Plascon Colour Run 5km run on August 11 at Nairobi’s Uhuru Gardens.

Tergat a former World marathon record holder and Martin the 1994 NCAA cross country and 1995 NCAA 5000-meter champion at the University of Arizona, son of double Olympic gold medalist Kipchoge Keino have confirmed their participation in the event meant for a charitable course.

The run which is targeting 5000 participants will see the top five runners being offered to select a project of their choice in the informal settlements of having 20 roofs of buildings each given a new coat of paint courtesy of the title sponsors paint makers Kansai Plascon.

The Kenya Colour Run Event Director Felix Mwaura said they are using sports to initiate the project through fundraising to raise funds to cater for needy and bright students from poor backgrounds to access education.

Jeetan Makan and Mihira Patel of Kansai Plascon Kenya and Felix
Mwaura of Kenya Colour Run at the launch of the 2018 Plascon Colour Run.

The participation fee is Sh1000 for adults and Sh500 for children with corporates who have a special entry package urged to get involved and promote the initiative as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.

According to the organisers, tickets are available by simply dialling *229*38# or online at www.mtickets.com

Plascon has injected Sh3 million in the Kenya Colour Run which is a creative 5km run that involves participants of all abilities and ages being doused from head to toe with coloured powder while they sprint, jog or walk 5km route on a marked course.

The course route has five colour stations where the participants will be doused with paint and the winner will be determined by the intensity of being coloured.

The event originated from India as the “Holi Festival” and is today a global event that promotes health and wellness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Most Creative 5K Run.”

Event MC Oga Obinna and Plascon Kenya Marketing Manager, Mihira
Patel ready to colour your world at the 2018 Plascon Colour Run

The inaugural Kenya Colour Run event was in Nairobi in June 2017 aimed at promoting peace awareness in midst of campaigns and elections ahead of the country’s general elections last August.

South Africa was the first country to host Color Run in Africa, followed by Zimbabwe in 2013.

Kenya Colour Run is under Africa Colour Run that organize events in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The Kenya Colour Run is entirely focused on fun so there is no competitive atmosphere, no recorded times and no age restrictions, all that matters is that the participants enjoy themselves and finish covered in loads of colour.