The 2012 Boston marathon champion Wesley Kipchumba Korir has called for the closure of some athletics training camps to prevent vulnerability and unwanted exposure of junior athletes.
Korir who is now the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Sports was speaking in Nandi County over the weekend, said that there is a need for organisers and sponsors to come in handy to support initiatives to empower the girl child in the country.
The double Los Angeles marathon champion added that the program falls under the Talanta Hela manifesto, which was suspended by the high court for identification and monetization of sports.
“This is one way of nurturing talents. If you see these kids run, you see a champion. Education is exciting. For me I am excited to see education because this is the key,” he said.
With girls’ vulnerability, Korir said that they are working with all stakeholders in sports that girls or kids stay in school to make sure that no girl is out of school.
“We want them in school until they finish high school when they are mature enough to make their independent decision. No junior will be allowed to compete for junior championships unless they are under a school. So all junior camps that are outside schools should be closed,” he said.
“All training camps should not have juniors. All juniors should be under schools, training under the school and we are going to set up centres of excellence in high schools so that our girls should stay in school as they progress to senior leve of learning.”