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Kenya Tourism Board: Wilson Kipsang, Sarah Chepchirchir named ambassadors

Tokyo marathon winner Wilson Kipsang and Sarah Chepchirchir, were the first marathon champions to benefit from the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) reward scheme launched in Nairobi on Thursday.

The families of Kipsang and Chepchirchir will spend two days at the Maasai Mara National Reserve and another two days in Diani and the Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park courtesy of the arrangement where each Kenyan marathon champion will earn a fully-paid vacation to the country’s top tourist destinations.

“I’m privileged and honoured to be among the first marathoners to be rewarded by KTB. We thank KTB for recognizing that we are able to show the best of Kenya to the rest of the world,” Kipsang who finished second at the New York Marathon behind compatriot Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor on November 5 said at a press briefing.

Chepchirchir also thanked KTB for the gesture as she prepares for a title defence of the Tokyo crown.

“Kenyan marathon champions are undoubtedly our nation’s best ambassadors given that the races they participate in are held across Kenya’s key tourist source markets.

“Our champion athletes rub shoulders with ordinary citizens in the cities hosting the races as well as with professional athletes from other nations,” KTB Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Betty Radier, said when presenting Kipsang and Chepchirchir their prizes.

“As the body mandated with the task of marketing Kenya’s tourism products, we recognize the huge profile that our athletic heroes occupy on the world stage.

“We believe that it is time to involve our athletes in making a pitch for the country as the Magical Kenya brand ambassadors,” the KTB CEO added.

Kipsang (2:03:58) and Chepchirchir (2:19:47) smashed Tokyo course records in February with the men completing a podium sweep at the World Marathon Majors race.

Kenyan athletes have won in four other WMM races in 2017 with Geoffrey Kirui winning the men’s title at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

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