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Governor Lagat flags off U18 Kenyan Team ahead of IAAF Championships

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Nandi County Governor Cleophas Lagat has flagged off Kenya under 18 Team who are going to represent the Country in the upcoming 2017 IAAF Championships to be held on 12th to 16th of July 2017 at Sports Centre Kasarani. The event will be the first of its kind to be held on the African soil.

Lagat called on the team to give their best in the competitions, citing some of the sports stars in the field that have emerged through the IAAF Youth championships.

‘’History has proved in the U18 IAAF Championships that best sportsmen and sportswomen have emerged, for instance Eliud Kipchoge, Consenslus Kipruto, Usain Bolt, Mercy Cherono among others. I urge all the athletes who will participate to take the competition seriously, this can be a stepping stone to a brighter future’’ Lagat said.

Nandi County has produced an impressive approximate of 36% of sportsmen and women in the medal standing in the Country. In the recent Rio Olympics, Nandi County contributed to a third of the medals achieved.

Nandi County, popularly known as the Source of Champions, is famous for it is prowess in athletics. Lagat said that the County prides itself for having pioneered the first athletes the likes of the legendary Kipchoge Keino , former and reigning athletes like Pamela Jelimo, Wlifred Bungei, Eliud Kipchoge, Consenslus Kipruto among others.

Additionally, he expressed government support to the athletes in the County citing the ongoing construction of the two stadia in Nandi Hills and Kipchoge Keino stadium in Kapsabet .

On his part, the Team’s Marketing Manager Joseph Lagat applauded the County government for the establishment of the facilities, adding that the completion of the stadia especially Kapsabet Stadium which has been designed to the International Standards will promote the sport and enable Kenya host International competitions in future.

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