Former world 800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei has embarked on nurturing junior runners to advance in their studies as they focus on develop their track and field talents.
The “All For Running” initiative targets talented athletes in secondary schools to help them successfully combine academics and sports.
“Right now am working on a project called All For Running where I involve secondary school-going students as well as talented youth in the country. We want to change the next generation as Kenyan athletes. From the family of athletes we should be able to produce great doctors, accountants and lawyers, among others. This is my dream for these youths,” Jepkosgei said.
Among those in her camp are athletes eyeing a place in the Kenyan team for the World Under-20 Championships at the Moi Stadium, Kasarani on August 17-22 this year.
Jepkosgei is optimistic many of the athletes will make the eventual team and clinch a medal for the country.
“Right now, I have a generation of athletes that are training for the World under-20 and am sure some of them will win medals for Kenya. After that, I know they will be great investors in future. We are building a kingdom for them,” she said.
On the ongoing World Athletics Survey, Jepkosgei urged athletes to play their part in improving the future of the sport.
“We nurture the young athletes from the grassroots and it is possible to know the kind of the race one can run. We can identify which athlete can run in a given event at a youthful stage,” Jepkosgei said.