New Details Emerge as Agnes Tirop is Laid to Rest

  • Agnes Tirop celebrates winning bronze in the Women's 10,000m final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 2019
    Agnes Tirop celebrates winning bronze in the Women's 10,000m final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 2019
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  • Fallen athlete and 5,000m champion, Agnes Tirop,was laid to rest on Saturday, October 23 at her parents' home in Mosoriot, Nandi County.

    However, as her friends and fellow athletes eulogised the promising athlete, new details emerged about her husband, Ibrahim Rotich.

    It appears that before her demise, Tirop  had complained to peers about her husband, who doubled as her trainer.

    A side by side photo of Athlete Agnes Tirop (R) at the at the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 2019 and husband Ibrahim Rotich at the Changamwe police station on Thursday, October 14.
    A side by side photo of Athlete Agnes Tirop (R) at the at the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 2019 and husband Ibrahim Rotich at the Changamwe police station on Thursday, October 14.
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    Peris Jechirchir, an athlete and friend to Tirop, disclosed that the slain athlete had confided in her that her husband had threatened to end her life.

    Jepchirchir stated that Tirop had showed them a video where Rotich had told his spouse that he would  break the athlete's limbs and even go as far as eliminating her.

    "There are things that Agnes showed me. She had been told that her legs would be broken or she would be eliminated," she narrated.

    Jepchirchir added that she had reported the matter to the a representative but no action was taken by Athletics Kenya.

    Another athlete, Viola Lagat, condemned Tirop's femicide, further calling on the government to act on gender based aggressiveness against female athletes.

    "Girls like Agnes become victims of femicide every single day, it happens in every single village every day. It is only that Agnes was a hero, that's why her story is all over the world," she stated.

    Nandi Governor, Stephen Sang, who also attended the funeral, called for the government to take care of the welfare of Kenyan athletes. Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kiochumba Murkomen echoed Sang's sentiments, adding that women should not be made to condone vicious spouses.

    "Because of the old traditions, people in many unions in the country are made to live in marriages that are brutal just because they were told that when they they go to their homes they should persevere, that they should not leave their husbands," Murkomen stated.

    This comes a week after Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua, condemned the government for the ill treatment of Tirop. He faulted the state for ignoring the athlete after Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei approached him to make a contribution  towards Tirop's funeral.

    Undated Photo of Athlete Agnes Tirop During the Past Running Event
    Undated Photo of Athlete Agnes Tirop During the Past Running Event
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