Youngsters feted

President Uhuru Kenyatta has rewarded the Team Kenya to the IAAF World U-18 Championships with a Sh100,000 token each after a successful otuing that saw the team finish fourth on th rankings.
The Head of State said team management will receive the amount in addition a four-day holiday to Mombasa on the Standard Gauge Railway.
Making the announcement yesterday when he hosted the team to breakfast at State House, Nairobi, the President said he was delighted by the country’s performance at the five-day championships where they managed 15 medals (four gold, seven silver and four bronze).
“I am proud of the achievements that you have brought this nation. You have done the country proud. Keep up the good work,” said Kenyatta.
Kenyatta said the government will also bid to bring a major IAAF championship to the country after successful execution of the youth event.
“We are the home of athletics; the home of champions. In the future my government will bid for a bigger IAAF event,” the president added.
Earlier this week Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Sports, Peter Kaberia, said they will bid for either 2020 or 2022 World Under-20 championships.
Kenyatta thanked the fans who turned up in large numbers for the championships at the Moi Stadium, Kasarani. “This event has exposed our country and shows we are big fans of athletics and sports in general,” he added
World U18 800m girls’ champion, Jackline Wambui was awarded a scholarship by the President.
Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario added that the rest of the school going members of the team will also be considered and have their fees paid too as well as award scholarships as part of the ministry’s reward scheme.
“We are still working on the figures but by next week, we will have done something for them,” said Wario.
He observed that the athletes in the team are expected to make a gradual transition to the U20 category, where they are expected to do well owing to the experience they had during the just-ended show.
“We have several highly talented youngsters and the future is bright for them and as a country,” noted Wario.
Wario said adoption of the camp system where the youth athletes resided in camps helped to improve their performance. “The camps which were in Baringo, Kisii, Keringet , Machakos and Bomet helped them perform well at the world event,” he added.

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