Sports cabinet secretary Rashid Echesa has appointed two time New York marathon champion Tegla Loroupe and Humphrey Kayanage into the the Board of the Kenya Academy Of Sports Council.
In a gazette notice signed by Echesa, the effect starts on Thursday for a period of three years.
The Kenya Academy of Sports is a state corporation established under the Sports Act to develop sports talents through formation and management of academies, training and research for global competitiveness and sustainable socio-economic growth in Kenya.
Following their exploits in athletics and Rugby, Loroupe and Kayange have competed for the country in various competitions.
The former Boston marathon champion Loroupe is a three-time World Half-Marathon champion and first African woman to win New York City Marathon.
Kayange on the other hand has aided the Kenya Sevens achieve in the HSBC Sevens World Series before retiring early this year.
He is a member in the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK).
Kenya’s world champion hurdler Nicholas Bett tragically died on Wednesday.
Bett passed away just a day after returning home from the Continental Championships in Nigeria.
The news of his death has left the athletics world reeling.
Track and field’s world governing body, the IAAF, said it was “deeply saddened and shocked” by the news of the father of two’s death.
Barnabas Korir, an official with Athletics Kenya (AK), said: “It is very sad because I talked to him yesterday. He had gone to Nairobi Hospital to see a doctor because of the injury he picked up in Asaba.
“This morning we got the reports (of his death) and, as AK, we are saddened beyond words.”
Kenyan Sports Minister Rashid Echesa added: “On behalf of the sporting fraternity and moscakenya I convey my sincerest condolences to his family. Rest in peace.”
How did Nicholas Bett die?
The Kenyan athlete was killed in a car crash.
The incident occurred after the car he was driving veered off the road and landed in a ditch.
Police commander Patrick Wambani confirmed that Bett hit a bump before losing control of his car.
Where did the incident occur?
Bett was killed while travelling in Lessos, Nandi, in his home country of Kenya.
He is understood to have died at the scene.
How old was Nicholas Bett and why was he a history-maker?
Bett was just 28 years old.
The 400 metre hurdler made history at the 2015 world championships in Beijing by winning the gold medal
In doing so, he became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in a short distance race on the world stage. He ran a personal best of 47.79 seconds to claim victory in the Bird’s Nest.
He did not qualify for the final at the Olympic Games in Rio the following year, after being disqualified in his heat for hitting a hurdle. He had been expected to place among the medalists.
Unfortunately, he was unable to defend his world title in London in 2017 due to injury, one of a number he suffered in recent years; in last week’s African Athletics Championships he was forced to pull out of his race due to another.
Nevertheless, he was a two-time African Championship medallist.
Hardly 24 hours after Kenya was awarded the 2020 World under 20 Athletics Championships, the Kenyan government allocated Ksh1.5 Billion to jumpstart preparations of the event.
Sports and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa said there’s not time to waste and that’s they are moving with speed and precision to ensure Kenya stages a world class event in Nairobi.
Addressing the press in his office in Nairobi, Echesa said the Steering Committee will be constituted next month to start preparations which will pave way for the formation of the Local Organising Committee.
The IAAF World U20 Championships Nairobi 2020 have been scheduled for July 7-12, 2020, after Nairobi’s candidacy was formally endorsed by the IAAF Council in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday, July 26th 2018.
Last year, Kenya hosted the final edition of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasaran in Nairobi. The event drew huge crowds with IAAF commending the country for the well-attended competition.
Echesa said the success of the 2020 World under 20 Athletics Championships will give Kenya the much needed impetus and confidence of bidding for the 2025 World Athletics Championships.
“We started with the World under 18 now the under 20 event from there we shall be ripe to host the senior’s championships. We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions,” said Echesa.
The Cabinet Secretary said Kenya became the first African nation to win the world championship in Beijing in 2015, adding that it is only fitting that Kenya should be the first country to bring the World championships to Africa.
The Qatari capital of Doha is set to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships before Eugene, Oregon, in USA stages the 2021 edition as Budapest, Hungary plays host in 2023.
The world governing athletics body IAAF is pushing to have Africa stage the 2025 World Athletics Championships.
Last year, Hamad Malboum Kalkaba, President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), claimed in a statement, released following a meeting with IAAF President Sebastian Coe in Rabat, he believed that Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa all had the potential to stage the IAAF World Championships in 2025.