Sports Principal Secretary (PS) Peter Kirimi Kaberia and Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) Chief Executive Officer Japhter Kiplimo Rugut are the latest dignitaries to condole with the family of former world 400m hurdles Champion Nicholas Bett.
As the preparations got underway ahead of Thursday burial at his ancestral home in Simat village, Uasin Gishu County, the PS carried the message from the Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.
The PS said that the government will support the family so that the widow can be able to educate the children left by Bett.
“We are mourning with the family as a ministry and we are going to give our support to the young family. Bett had children and it’s our responsibility to make sure life goes on for them and that is why we are here from the ministry,” said Kaberia.
“We have lost a young talented athlete who had a bright future and as we expected more from him, his life was cut short. It’s so sad but there is nothing else we can do other than leaving it to God,” he said.
Rugut on his part said that there were plans to make Bett and other athletes as brand ambassadors in the fight against drugs.
“We had identified Bett as one of the athletes who would have gone round the country apart from running their documentaries through videos and magazines in the fight against doping,” said Rugut.