Kipchoge's Passionate Appeal to Government

  • Eliud Kipchoge with Deputy President William Ruto and Nandi Governor Stephen Sang after he rewrote history in Vienna, Austria. File
  • Eliud Kipchoge has etched his name in history after the great run that took place on Saturday, October 12, in Vienna Austria.

    Before he left the country for the challenge, however, he had an audience with the Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed at Kaptagat Stadium in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

    This meeting took place barely a week after Kipchoge had received blessings from Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei to honour his invitation to participate in what was described as a race against time.

    Eliud Kipchoge posing for a photo with his training kit before the historic INEOS marathon challenge. He urged Sports CS Amina Mohammed to look into the affairs of athletes who feel neglected by the government.
    Eliud Kipchoge posing for a photo with his training kit before the historic INEOS marathon challenge. He urged Sports CS Amina Mohammed to look into the affairs of athletes who feel neglected by the government.

    The Daily Nation reported on Saturday, October 12, that Kipchoge opened up to the Sports CS about the challenges that athletes face.

    "When I visited Kipchoge at his training camp in Kaptagat, I asked him how we could support him, his response was as selfless as his life has been," Amina was quoted.

    Amina stated that Kipchoge urged the government to take care of the athletics community by providing avenues for employment and mentorship.

    He decried the state of the stadiums and training facilities that athletes had to train in, suggesting that the government should marshall resources to get the athletes a proper facility to hone their skills

    He also stated that he was concerned that the number of athletes who were being recruited in the disciplined forces had drastically reduced over time.

    Many award-winning athletes in the country are drawn from the Kenya Police and the Kenya Prisons Service.

    Amina promised to look into those issues raised in honour of Kipchoge and the athletes that have selflessly flown the country's flag high. 

    Sports CS Amina Mohammed with Eliud Kipchoge at the Kaptagat Stadium in Elgeyo Marakwet. He urged the CS to ensure that the affairs of athletes are taken care of.
    Sports CS Amina Mohammed with Eliud Kipchoge at the Kaptagat Stadium in Elgeyo Marakwet. He urged the CS to ensure that the affairs of athletes are taken care of.