Athletics Kenya (AK) Athletes Conference entered Day 2 at Sirikwa Hotel with athletes going through investment and retirement sessions besides taxation.
The 170 athletes also went through media and athletes relation that touched on self-branding and etiquette and team building as all the session proved exciting.
Around 108 road running athletes drawn from Kenya and Uganda had on the first day on Wednesday attended the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) education program.
AK president Jackson Tuwei disclosed that they are in the process of forming an athletes’ welfare body that will help both active and retired athletes.
Legendary Kipchoge Keino advised the athletes to keep off drugs adding that there are hlcases where athletes have been rendered barren, owing to abuse of prohibited substances.
Tuwei said they have conducted intensive research and analysis on pension, endowment fund, insurance and cooperative societies (Saccos) and they feel its a high time the athletes had a body to take care of these needs.
However, Tuwei said the idea of forming the welfare body will be floated to the athletes during the ongoing conference so as to get their views.
“We have set aside a special session to introduce them to this idea and hopefully, we shall come up with resolutions on how we can assist them in terms of welfare,” said Tuwei. “We must start something that will assist these athletes now and in the future.”
While AK has taken up the responsibility, Tuwei said it’s the athletes’ involvement that will make the whole venture a success hence team work will be greatly needed.
Tuwei said Athletics Kenya will be the first to contribute to the welfare with government also being encouraged to join the venture.
Taking athletes through his experience as an athlete, Kipchoge said his athletics talent took him to 187 countries across the world. “We have the best weather in the country…Kenya is a paradise hence we must take advantage. Use your talent to travel and see the world,” said Keino but cautioned the athletes to run clean.
Among the facilitators were Ali Mazoa, who handled the team building exercises and talk, CPF Group finance manager Joshua Moilo and director of operations and marketing George Okioma, who handled investment and retirement.
Others were Stanley Nandwa who took the athletes through taxation and filing returns and veteran journalist Evelyne Watta, who handled media and athletes relation.
“Athletes face certain challenges in filing tax returns and contracts. They are now more informed to avoid issues of double taxation. We hope to have minimal cases or none on contracts,” said Tuwei.
Tuwei said that AK has free legal services for athletes who require guidance on contracts. “Most athletes have had trouble especially with their management after they signed contracts they didn’t understand,” explained Tuwei.
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