Posted by:Eric Njiru
Cherangany MP and Boston Marathon winner Wesley Korir has called on the government to save the World Under 18s championship to be hosted in Nairobi in July from sinking away as nations continue to pull out.
Speaking on Wednesday at Parliament buildings in Nairobi, Korir has asked the government through the ministry of sports to come out and clarify on the next step they will take to stop more withdrawals after USA became another team to do so after New Zealand, Britain, Australia, Canada and Switzerland did so.
“We’re focused on who we’re going to elect as our next Head of State during the upcoming General Election at the expense of the image of our country. Should we fail to host a successful event then our image will be adversely affected,”
“Funds meant for the championship were approved a long time ago but most members of the committees are yet to be paid. Worse, the Government’s silence is a slap in the face of Kenyan and other athletes”
The championship is set to take place just two weeks before general elections, which typically generate tension and have in the past been accompanied by violence.
In the mean time, Korir says the decision by IAAF council to suspend Athletes from changing the nationality is unfounded and everyone has a right to run for any country.
Following a proposal presented by IAAF President, Lord Sebastian Coe, the Council agreed to suspend the transfer of allegiance until a working group, supervised by Kalkaba set up to study the subject area, will submit proposals for new rules as a matter of urgency and no later than the end of this year.
The Boston Marathon winner says many athletes do not have a chance of shining in Kenya while adding that those who win still invest in Kenya.