Reigning Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge joined other top athletes in opening up a new athletes’ training camp today in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.
The world marathon record holder(2:01.39) was also named the brand ambassador of the launched Isaiah Kiplagat Foundation Athletics Training Camp.
With school going children enjoying holiday, the programmed caters for such young and energetic people in a Mentorship programme for over 72 junior athletes between six to 21 years of age.
Located in the home of former Athletics Kenya chairman the late Isaiah Kiplagat, the camp will be used by junior runners during holidays to tap, nurture and promote budding athletes and provide education to them.
Kipchoge said many young athletes are losing track because they lack proper mentorship hence engage in bad behaviours.
“many young people are involved in doping cases and wants to earn money fast, which is bad.
“We have scarcity mental strength to deal with doping in the country. Deep inferiority complex has also affected our young people. They don’t believe in themselves,” said the Kipchoge.
Mathew Kisorio, on his part, said young people should look for great people as their role model.
He said during his youthful stage, he ran very well until he was duped to dope hence ruining his career.
“Am now recovering from the mess I got myself into. I was a good runner and when I doped, I never won any race but when I returned am doing very well,” said Kisorio.
“We want to make a great future for you. Get the right people to guide your career. I lacked discipline and found in that mess and for now I am running clean for five years and never gained anything,” added Kisorio.
Betty Kiplagat, the daughter of Isaiah Kiplagat said the foundation will be anchored on discipline, education and training.
“This was the program of our late father and we had to ensure that his dream lives in despite his death.With such programme, we will make many athletes fly our Kenya flag,” said Betty.