West Pokot exploiting hidden talents

Athletes stride out during the Tegla Lourupe peace race in Kapenguria November 2007.Photo/MOHAMMED AMIN.

Three West Pokot Athletes have won their places in the Kenyan team that will represent the country in the African Cross Country Championships which will be held in Lome Togo in March 2021.

Charles Rotich, a form 1 student at St. Peter’s secondary school Kapkecha, Fredrick Domong’ole who hails from Cheparten and Felix Korir a form four student at Chewoyet high school, gave a spirited track fight to finish in rewarding positions at the Cross Country National Championships held at the Ngong Race Course in Nairobi.

The three contributed to the six trophies won by the North Rift team , comprising of West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Samburu, Turkana and Uasin Gishu counties.

North Rift held the first positions in both boys under 20 8km race and the under 18 boys 6km race with the female counterparts taking the 2nd positions in similar disciplines, the senior men 10km race, was second position as senior women came third.

In the mixed relays the North Rift team, took the eighth position out of 10 teams which participated.

The team becomes part of 40 Athletes who will fly the Kenyan flag in the African Cross Country Championships set to be held from 6th March 2021 to 7th March 2021.

The North Rift teams were cheered by Tourism Chief Administrative Secretary, Joseph Boinnet, the chief guest in the event and renowned marathoner Amb. Tegla Loroupe led a high powered delegation.

Loroupe encouraged the Athletes most of whom are still in school to balance their sporting careers with education for brighter days ahead.

West Pokot Sports CEC Joel Arumonyang who was flanked by his Chief Officer Elijah Lopuke assured the athletes of the county government support even as they plan to travel to Togo for the regional event.

Arumonyang said the county government of West Pokot endeavors to continue exploiting the hidden talents in the county of hidden treasures in a bid to make the county a talent hub.

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