Former Africa cross country silver medalist Hosea Mwok macharinyang was laid to rest today in his Murkwifit home in West Pokot County with retired athletes calling for proper investment.
Macharinyang, who has represented the country in various world events died early this week after committing suicide at his home.
Former athletes led by former world 3,000m steeplechase record holder Moses Kiptanui told athletes to invest fully to avoid future embarrassment.
“When I go abroad and find athletes that I used to beat, finishing in the 10th psotions are living better lives than some of us who have been winning races across the world. We need to invest and the government to support athletes,” said Kiptanui.
The 35 year old Macharinyang died under unclear circumstances after he was found hanging from a rope in his cattle feeds store.
Moses Kiptanui raised concern over the government’s treatment of national heroes during their hour of need.
Kiptanui noted that most former athletes have been abandoned and are living miserable lives.
North Rift Athletics Kenya chairman Jackson Pkemei described Macharinyang death’s as a huge loss for West Pokot County and the country at large while Athletics Kenya’s Athletes Representative Milcah Chemos described Macharinyang as a selfless athlete who contributed immensely to sports development in the country.