AK has abandoned budding athletes, Laikipia coaches complain

Coaches in Laikipia County have called upon Athletics Kenya (AK) to support upcoming athletes, who dropout due to lack of funds.

The coaches decried negligence from the government, lack of sponsorship programmes as the reason most budding athletes had abandoned their talents despite the glory they would have brought the country.

Most athletes do not have proper facilities for training because they are very expensive to acquire. When one gets injured while competing or in practice for races they pay their own medical fees and are not compensated in any way especially if the injury is a permanent one forcing them to terminate the career, said Julius Nderitu a coach based in Nyahururu.

Speaking to KNA at Nyahururu stadium, Albert Njoroge said that they were facing hardships while training the junior athletes who relied on their parents and volunteer coaches.

Most of the athletes’ backgrounds are not that pleasing as others even drop out for lack of funds. Were it not for the cooperation of parents then the sector would die in Laikipia County, said Njoroge.

The Laikipia County AK venue is located in Nanyuki yet most of the training and competitions are done in Nyahururu stadium, noted Njoroge adding that the leadership of the sports department would befit sportsmen and women.

Citing the case of Samuel Gathimba, who will be representing Kenya in the commonwealth games in Gold Coast, Australia, Njoroge decried that after years of successful training, the athlete was not recognized but other coaches were given to train Gathimba.

He also requested the government to devolve the national trials by ensuring they are held in different counties each year.

This will ensure that the county government and various sponsors identify the technical coaches, and runners who have qualified for the international scene within that county, said Njoroge.

Njoroge has also called upon the athletes to consider the coaches when they make it to the national teams.

Source: Kenya News Agency