Muge Chebirbelek Athletic Club coach Edward Muge has said Kenyan athletes have not got sufficient assistance and recognition from the county and national governments.
Muge said despite the athletes being Kenyan ambassadors and flying the country’s flag during international athletic meetings, they have not been recognised as heroes and heroines saying it was high time the county and national governments act over the matter.
Speaking at the club’s training ground at the Kericho Teachers Training College at the weekend, Muge called on the governments to reward athletes who win medals for the country with attractive prizes in a bid to motivate them to take their careers to the next level.
“The county and national governments have not done enough to motive sportsmen and women. We call on the two levels of government to do something now about the issue lest prominent athletes switch nationalities and run for other countries around the world because of such things,” said Muge.
He noted that in most cases when athletes who have made the country proud by bagging medals, return to the country only members of their families turn up to welcome them back saying the officers from national and county governments are hardly seen.
“Officers from both levels of governments should be the first to welcome the athletes back to the country at the airports so as to demonstrate they value sports,” he added.
Another coach at the club Ian Ladbrooke revealed that the club is hundred percent anti-doping saying if they found any athlete using illegal drugs to enhance performance, they would report to the authorities concern to deal with them according to the law.