The Government has reiterated its commitment towards providing Kenyan athletes with much needed motivation in a bid to bolster their morale and enhance their performance, especially during crucial competitive assignments.
Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i, emphasized on the need to appreciate the sterling performance of local sportsmen by honoring them deservedly.
“Our sports people need motivation. That is the approach we have taken with our athletes from the Kenya Prisons Service, to encourage them surpass themselves in future regional and global competitions “he wrote on his Twitter handle.
Last week Dr Matiang’i promised to spearhead the construction of a sporting complex in Ruiru to boost sports infrastructure for the Kenya Prisons team.
The CS announced the plans at Magereza House after receiving the Kenya Prisons volleyball and athletics teams which represented the country in the just concluded women’s African Club and World Relay championships in Tunisia and Poland respectively.
“I am going to spearhead a campaign to create partnership to facilitate the groundbreaking and for the construction of indoor sports Complex in Ruiru.” he said.
Kenyan athletes remain the most viable conveyor of good news and hope, given the local, highly politicized environment.
They inspire patriotism whenever they are out there conquering the world in sports tournaments therefore need to introduce an initiative of honoring them in appreciation of their distinctive performance
Last year, the Government announced that it will establish a Contributory Medical and Pension Scheme.
Most of the retired Kenyan athletes, who brought fame to the country after making personal sacrifices to pursue their dreams and bring glory to the country have been suffering from depression after retirement.
“Athletes’ careers must eventually come to an end, either through age, injury or exhaustion and become forgotten members in the society. This is why the government has come up with medical and pension scheme to cater for such athletes,” said the CS.
Kenya Prisons claimed bronze in Tunisia at the women’s African Club Championships after defeating Nigeria Customs Services in straight sets.
The win over the Nigerians was the second bronze crown for the Kenyan champions to be added to their shining history, which include 5 crowns, and 1 silver medal.