Kenyan volleyball legend Paul Bitok has launched a multi-million Paul Bitok Sports Complex in his rural home to help identify and nurture sporting talents.
Bitok, who coaches Rwandan national volleyball team launched the complex over the weekend by Bittok who the founder of the Paul Bitok Foundation assisted by Takashi Miyoshi who is the head coach of Oita Miyoshi Japanese volleyball men team and the club founder Atsushi Miyoshi.
At a cost of kshs 15 million the complex will comprise of only athletics and volleyball disciplines as he seeks to nurture more talents in the country.
He said it has been his dream to open such complex to help young and talented people to take serious co-curricular activities.
“This is a big day in my life. It is my dream come as we launch such Sports complex because it will go a long way in assisting our youth develop their talents,” Bittok.
The former Sports Of the Year Award winner as a community hero said that due to his immense contribution to talent development in sport said, he had achieved what he was hoping since childhood.
The volleyball supreme added that the community in his Simat village, Uasin Gishu County the community is endowed with huge talent in sport which if tapped will help in improving livelihoods.
“I am focusing on a facility that will benefit more generations in nurturing talent. We should think of youth who are talented and they need to be assisted to become the society’s economic pillars,” He said.
Currently Paul Bitok Foundation is offering partial scholarships to the needy in the society but once the complex is completed, athletes will get full scholarships.
Atsushi whose team represented Japan at the 2014 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championships praised Bittok for his dedication in uplifting the community through sports.
“This is a commendable job you are doing and I accepted to come and launch. Society is changed positively through such initiatives,”Atsushi said.