Kenya government has fulfilled its promise to reward medalists from last month’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a total of Sh12,250,000.
Kenya’s Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa has today presented some of the medalists with their dummy cheques during a colorful ceremony at a city hotel, Nairobi.Speaking during the award ceremony the cabinet secretary has promised total support of sport fraternity in Kenya.
“We want to run things differently where we shall always appreciate and recognize their performances through proper rewards systems,” said Echesa, who was accompanied by sports chief administrative secretary Hassan Noor and principal secretaries Karimi Kaberia and Josepta Mukobe.Gold medalist got Sh1 million, silver medalist Sh750,000 and bronze medalist Sh500,000.
Some of the gold medalist at hand to receive their cheques were Elijah Manangoi (1,500m), who was Team Kenya captain, Hellen Obiri (5,000m) and Wycliffe Kinyamal (800m).
Also present were silver medallists Cellphine Chespol (3,000msteeplechase), Stacy Ndiwa (10,000m), Beatrice Chepkoech (1,500m), Abraham Kibiwott (3,000msteeplechase) and Margaret Nyairera (800m).
Christine Ongare, the only boxing medalist from Gold Coast, was among the bronze medalists to receive their rewards. Others are Purity Kirui (3,000msteeplechase), Samuel Gathimba (20km race walk), Amos Kirui (3,000msteeplechase).
On the other issue of sorry state of stadiums in Kenya,the Cabinet Secretary said that renovations at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, are complete and the stadium will host the much awaited Kenya Premier league champions Gor Mahia versus England Second division club Hull City clash on Sunday.
” Nyayo National Stadium and Kinoru Stadium, Meru are getting final touches and should be ready for the second leg of SportPesa Premier league matches in July”Said Echesa.