Hardins-Simons University will help the county to build and equip a training camp
By Musa Moilo
Kajiado County, through the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, has selected a team to represent the county at the regional athletics championships slated to be held in Narok.
This year’s annual edition of the county athletics championships were held in Ngong, Kajiado North, which is well known for having the best training altitude in the world. It played host to several Kajiado County athletes competing in different races.
The athletes were led by world junior 800-metre champion Solomon Lekuta and other international runners. The first three finishers in each group qualify for the games.
The county also welcomed visitors and friends from Hardins-Simons University in Texas, US, who are on a tour of Kajiado County. They are partnering with the county government to equip a new training camp for athletics in Oloolua Ward.
The 18-member team led by the president of the university, Eric Bruntmyer, will also offer exchange programmes where Kajiado athletes will go to their school for education and training, and vice versa.
Speaking after the selection, South Rift Athletics Kenya (AK) Chairman John Wachira said Kajiado was setting a good example for other counties. “I thank the county government, through the deputy governor, because we as AK are really impressed with the commitment they are showing. They have selected a strong team and I know they will outshine everybody in the regionals.”
Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho said the county government fully support sports. “As the county leadership, we have the desire, commitment, will, and good faith to nurture talent and ensure we groom young men and women who will step out into the international arena and break records. We have the capacity, as we have already demonstrated.”
He added that the county supported all sporting activities. “It’s not just athletics. In soccer, you saw me a few weeks ago at the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom finals in Meru County to support our football team Ahly FC. We want all sportsmen and women to give their best.”
The deputy governor also noted that Hardins-Simons University would help the county to build and equip a training camp. “Though them, we are receiving training equipment for our athletes courtesy of their university. With the training camp facilities, we will produce many professionals.”
Kajiado County News will provide a comprehensive report of the regional event.