Training camp key for continuity of Nyandarua’s glory
The has urged Nyandarua County government to establish and support athletics training camps to retain the glory it has enjoyed in the sport.
Mutwii said Nyandarua has produced sport celebrities like the five time world cross country champion, John Ngugi, first runner to win Olympic marathon gold for Kenya, the late Samuel Wanjiru and World Half Marathon silver winner, Bedan Karoki but the trend of top runners emerging from the area seem to be dropping.
“There is need to ensure continuity and this can only happen if we have a generation to take over. The new generation can be developed through establishment and support of training camps,” Mutwii said during the third leg of Athletics Kenya Cross Country series held in Ol Kalou town, Nyandarua on Saturday.
He said Nyandarua and Nyahururu areas were very important zones because they are among areas that produce good runners for Kenya. The other key areas are in North Rift.
The County Executive for Youth, Sports and Arts, Dominic Murani said the County is set to establish talent academies in collaboration with the Kenya Academy for Sports.
“For consistency and proper foundation for our talents, the County government in collaboration with the Kenya Academy of Sports and other stakeholders shall establish talent academies in all sub counties in order to tap and develop talents,” Murani said.
The chairman of Athletics Kenya Central Region, David Miano who is also the national treasurer said the region has abundant talent in athletics but needs a system of ensuring the talent is developed.
He said they will engage county governments to see the devolved units establish sports facilities and training camps.
By Anne Sabuni