National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) handed cheques to Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto, world 1,500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot and world 800m bronze medallist Ferguson Cheruiyot, Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal, 800m athlete Emily Cherotich and Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medalist Rodgers Kwemoi.
NOC-K president handed a Sh2.4 million cheque to the athletes under the sponsorship by Association of National Olympics Committees of Africa (ANOCA) ahead of Tokyo Olympics Games.
NOC-K acting secretary general Francis Mutuku said the scholarships were awarded based on exemplary performance to cushion the athletes from the devastating effects of the virus.
The NOC-K team is on a tour of the North Rift region to assess the level of preparations of athletes as the July 23 to August 9 Olympic Games draw closer.
Tergat said there is need of ensuring that the young talents are well nurtured as early as now so enable the country to continue shining on the global arena noting that as NOCK, their resources are being channeled to this course.
Governor Mandago disclosed that they have agreed with NOC-K to help his administration to invest in other disciplines which the county and country is not participating in.
According to Tergat, they are planning to offer technical expertise to the governors to enable them to come up with other disciplines.
Mandago also requested NOC-K to hold Olympic trials in the region to give the locals an opportunity to see those who are set to bring for the country a number of medals.
At the same time, Mandago revealed that the devolved unit is constructing a high altitude training centre at Chagayaa with the capacity of hosting 400 athletes.
He also added that works on the county’s 64 Stadium will be completed in the next 18 months.