Kenya’s athletes exploits in international competitions has started paying dividends after steeple chaser Ezekiel Kemboi Yano and 800metres ace David Lekuta Rudisha earned global and continental posts.
Not left behind is women steeplechase expert Milcah Chemos, who has been elevated to an Athletics Kenya Executive member as an athletes’ representative in a move that will go a long way in inspiring the young generation of athletes in the country.
Kemboi, a senior Police Officer attached to the Presidential Escort Unit and a darling of many athletics fans, now joins the International Association of Athletics Federations as a member of Athletes’ Commission where Benjamin Limo, the 2005 World Champion over 5,000metres, served as an Athletes’ representative.
For Rudisha, with a decorated running career that embodies a World Record, two Olympics titles and World Championships crowns over the 800metres, being entrusted as the new president of the Confederation of Africa Athletics Athletes’ Commission is an honour bestowed on the most deserving athlete.
“This is a big honour to our athletes after their hard work all these years. We are really proud of them and wish them the very best in their new appointments. Athletics Kenya will continue giving them all the support they need. Their success in their duties is also a success to all of us,” said Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei while serving the athletes with their appointments letters at Riadha House on Thursday.
Chemos, who last won Kenya a Bronze medal during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in her 3,000metres Steeplechase specialty, replaced 1,500metres Sydney Olympic champions and one mile record holder Noah Ng’eny as the Athletes’ Representative in Athletics Kenya.
It is a rewarding season for Kenya as a senior legal expert, Jinaro Kibet, also Athletics Kenya vice-president, joined IAAF Legal Commission.
More good news is expected from Monaco, the International Association of Athletics Federations headquarters, after Athletics Kenya fronted names for Kenyans to various commissions including Coaches Commission, Medical Commission, Road Racing Commission and Women Commission where AK vice-president Fatma Awale serves.
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