Nyeri County ready to support sports

Counties Editor's Pick Nyeri Sports

The county government of Nyeri is committed to nurturing sports talents so as to bring back the region’s past glory.

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga encouraged coaches to continue nurturing talents so as to bring back the glory that the region boasted when it was known to produce world long distance runners such as Douglas Wakiihuri, former marathon champion Catherine Nderaba and the late Samuel Wanjiru.

Kahiga was speaking today when he officiated the awarding of certificates and closing ceremony of a two-day Athletics Kenya Central coaches’ seminar at Ruring’u sports hotel.

“Let’s encourage our youth to embrace sports as a profession and business venture that is capable of uplifting their fortunes,” said Kahiga.

The two- day training brought together coaches and athletes from counties of the Central region namely Kiambu, Nyeri, Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Nyandarua counties.

The courses taken were development of juvenile athletes, the current world athletics coaches’ education system, techniques in coaching and preparation of athletes among others.

As chairman of the Central Region Economical Block (CEREB) the governor promised to encourage his counterparts to pump more funds in the sports sector and also urged schools to be largely involved in sports activities.

Kahiga also promised to push for Ruring’u stadium to be completed soon so that it can be used for sporting activities.

The facility, which was commissioned by Former President Uhuru Kenyatta in June 2017, is considered to be the biggest sporting facility in the Mount Kenya region.

The stadium is being rehabilitated at a cost of Sh 450 million and once complete will not only be used to host athletic and football events but will also be a training ground for up-and-coming athletes.

Also present were coaches from Athletics Kenya (AK) led by Central Region Chairman David Miano who is also the National Treasurer AK.

By Beth Ndirangu

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