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Training facility officials and coaches have work cut out

Barry Silah @obel_barry

Newly-opened International Tennis Federation (ITF) East Africa Training Centre has been challenged to deliver results so that its impact can be felt and appreciated.

National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) President Paul Tergat advised against lethargy and called on more investment into sports for posterity. “There is always pressure in delivering mandate and therefore this facility can only prosper if all stakeholders pull their weight.

It is important therefore that this centre delivers and as NOCK, we are available to walk along through the parent association here. The ex-marathon champion however urged Government to invest more in sport so that players can benefit in the long term.

This is the only way to identify and build talent which is in abundance in Kenya,” said Tergat said yesterday. Tergat was full of encouragement for the centre players whom he hoped would be moulded to global stars. “Having interacted with the program, I feel these are future world beaters.

There is more space for them to express themselves and I congratulate ITF for their trust in Kenya to host this important project for developing upcoming players,” he said. The centre currently holds 16 players and three coaches from across the continent.

At the same time ITF President David Haggerty praised the project as a masterpiece with ambition to thrive. ”I am very proud to have witnessed firsthand the development of a valuable asset.

This centre will continue opening doors to the region and beyond greatly. At ITF, we will ensure that we endeavour to offer resource support so that the future legion of players can get exposure,” said Haggerty.

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