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Bomet, Athletics Kenya to train and accredit coaches

The County Government of Bomet and the Athletics Kenya Federation (AKF) have agreed to facilitate training and accreditation of local athlete’s coaches.

The Athletics Kenya Head Coach, Julius Kirwa, told the press in Bomet town that coaches have long been left out of national as well as international competitions, since they were not accredited by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Kirwa said it was time coaches were given opportunity to own-up their respective athletes who they have mentored from the ground up, saying the same would likely motivate athletes to perform better.

He said during the recently concluded 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, the Country had to rely on a few seasoned coaches, hand-picked in Nairobi.

The Head Coach said the County Government of Bomet, through the Department of Sports, had agreed to finance the planned training, while AKF would provide the trainers as well as facilitate the accreditation.

Alice Kirui, the Executive Member-In-Charge of Education, Youth and Sports said the need for more coaches, especially female trainers cannot be overstated.

Kirui said the County Government would facilitate the training as well as provide training grounds, equipment and other stuff needed by the athletes.

She observed that female coaches came in handy in handling private and confidential matters regarding womenfolk, saying they have had to bottle-up stressful issues since most of the coaches were men.

By Kipngeno Korir


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