Rift Valley Institute of Science Technology (RVIST) has clinched the overall winning title in 2018s Kenya Technical Training Institutions Sports Organisation (KETTISO) games with 9 gold medals.
It was pomp and colour for RVIST after show casing a sterling performance in the 1500 meter and 100 meter races respectively.
In other races, the 2018 KETTISO champions and hosts also garnered two silver and eight bronze medals, emerging superior to other 54 teams that participated in the competitive athletics extravaganza that kicked off on Wednesday, amid high expectations among participants.
At second position was the Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RTTI) that bagged eight gold, seven silver and four bronze medals respectively.
Keroka Technical Training Institute emerged a distant third with two gold medals in the 100 meter sprint special category for women.
KETTISO National Chairman for Sports and recreation Maina Mwangi commended the winners saying the organisation will enroll winners to the national training camp where professionals will help horn their skills for admission in the national athletics team.
Mwangi who hailed the three day exercise as seamless, exuded optimism at the annual athletics competition saying registration for participation among colleges in the games is expected to notch up in 2019.
There are over 110 technical training institutions in Kenya today, up from just 37. Some 70 more technical training institutions are anticipated to be operational by the end of 2018.
The chairman said starting 2019,KETTISO will for the first time depart from tradition by holding the athletics competitions in each of its five regions and winners will be invited to face off each other at the national level .
He said KETTISO is committed to running the games professionally and assist participants to take part in the annual edition with decorum, with a view of pushing the games to the annual calendar of the Athletics Kenya (AK).
KETTISO has five regions namely: Western, Nairobi, Mount Kenya, Coast and the vast Rift Valley.
Director of Technical and Vocational Education Authority (TVETA) Dr.Opiyo Opora graced the closure of the games and appealed to students in the institutions to actively complement their vocational training with sports in a bid to become competitive in the dynamic social economic market.
Dr. Opiyo said all public technical colleges are adequately equipped to enable learners develop into competent wealth and job creators of the 21stcentury.
He asked youth without a vocation to enroll in the colleges, where he said the government has standardised the curriculum to match the needs of the global market.
Source: Kenya News Agency