- Six Kenyan athletes have bagged the highly-competitive Association of National Olympics Committees of Africa (Anoca) scholarship that has majorly boosted the build-up towards the Tokyo Olympics.
The scholarship will see the six athletes placed on an Sh100,000-a-month scholarship program. National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) president, Paul Tergat, confirms while handing over the scholarships to the six top athletes at a ceremony in Kericho Sunday.
The recipients are Wycliffe Kinyamal the Commonwealth 800 meters champion, Rodgers Kwemoi the Commonwealth 10,000m bronze medalist, Emily Cherotich who won the national 800m title in 2018, Ferguson Rotich the world 800m bronze medalist, Conseslus Kipruto the world steeplechase champion and Timothy Cheruiyot the world 1,500m champion.
Cheruiyot is currently preparing for Thursday’s virtual run against Norwegian athletes and couldn’t attend Sunday’s function in Jericho and Kaput wasn’t also available.
Each athlete will receive Sh400,000 for the next four months and the disbursement will go on until next year when they travel for the Games in Tokyo.
Tergat said the selection process was vigorous and made it clear that those who benefited must account for the money.
“There is a very stringent process of qualifying for the scholarships which include being on top in the world in the current season and we realized the other federations could not qualify and Athletics Kenya had athletes who could benefit and that’s how we rewarded them,” said Target.
Tergat acknowledged Kenya as lucky for having six athletes being rewarded compared to other countries who got none.
“I’m happy because we got athletes who will be participating in the Games which were postponed to next year benefited from the fund especially during this period of Covid-19. Other countries were not able to get the amount and that shows we are always a giant in athletics,” the former world marathon record holder.
Together with Kenya’s Chef de Mission to the 2020 Olympics Games, Waithaka Kioni, Tergat urged athletes to continue training hard and practice clean sport to avoid embarrassment due to doping.
“During our days, we used to train hard and win easily and there was nothing like doping. These days, it (doping) is becoming rampant because the athletes want to make quick money and this has to come to an end,” the NOC-K president concluded.