Participants at the Katti Lake Area Athletics Championship, which is being hosted at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County have been urged to utilize smart sports practices to tackle climate change.
Speaking during the three days’ event organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs, The Arts and Sports, TVET Regional Director, Tom Olango said it was time for organizers to embrace smart athletics and promote the use of eco-friendly athletic equipment.
According to Olango, athletes should use their influence to persuade and inform people of the value of planting trees in their neighborhoods in order to slow the effects of climate change.
“It is high time we introduced smart athletics because climate change has become a major problem for society, and we can take advantage of athletics to mitigate its adversity,” Olango stated.
Olango praised the Ministry for planning the yearly sporting events, which aid students in striking a balance between their physical and emotional welfare.
Dr. John Abuto, Mawego TTI’s principal, also noted that the games are important to young people in nurturing their talent, with notable students from the athletics championship representing the country at the world athletics games.
The participants included 31 TVET institutions from Kisii, Siaya, Homabay, Kisumu, Migori, and Nyamira Counties.
By Jefferson Volka