Former Olympic 800m champion Wilfred Bungei and road race specialist Bisluke Kipkorir will be going into politics to join other athletes and other sportsmen and women who have made their names in politics plaform.
Bungei the 2008 Olympic 800m champion is set to announce officially his intentions next week in his home village of Kibirirsang, Nandi County.
After shining greatly on track, the former world double silver medalist will be going for Emgwen parliamentary seat currently held by Alex Kosgey, the son of former cabinet minister Henry Kosgey.
The eloquent retired runner prepare to face the electorate in the 2017 general elections to try his luck. His tral will not be the first one since many athletes like IAAF president Sebastian Coe who dominated track events winning four Olympic gold medals won a parliament seat after retirement in the with Conservative Party.
The duo if they make it, they will join other sportsmen in the august hoes led by Cherangany MP Wesley Korir who won Boston marathon in 2012, Chesumei’s Elijah Lagat the winner of Boston marathon, Webuye West’s Dan Wanyama who was a volleyball player.
Road race specialist Bisluke Kipkorir is also eyeing Member of County Assembly seat just like his county mate and former world record holder Wilson Boit Kipketer who is the leader of majority in the county government of Elgeyo Marakwet.
Kipkorir is yearning to vie as Kimumu Ward representative in Uasin Gishu County to unseat the current leader Samuel Ruto who was also the Eldoert Mayor before the 2013 general elections.