The County Government of Baringo is committed to the establishment of sports facilties that meet international standards in order to develop the existing sports talent which is enormous in the County.
Speaking while officiating this year’s Lotto Baringo Half Marathon at Kabarnet,Deputy Governor Jacob Chepkwony said the County government is set to fast track the construction of ongoing stadiums as well as developing others.
“Our County and more so the youth have great potential in sports which when fully exploited will be a source of livelihood to many” said Chepkwony.
Sports Principal Secretary Amb. Peter Kaberia reiterated National government resolve to partner with Counties to develop world class sporting facilities in all the 47 Counties.
President of Athletics Kenya Major rtd. Jackson Tuwei said the federation will unleash severe punishment for atletes who are found to have engaged in doping.
He added that Athletics Kenya will work closely with the Anti-doping Agency to ensure that all athletes who compete run clean.
“We will ban any athlete who will be found to have engaged in doping as a lesson so as to deter the vice” Tuwei said.
National Olympic Committee of Kenya President Paul Tergat who is also the patron of the race,lauded the athletes who participated and encouraged them to aim higher.
Tergat who was installed as a tugen elder during the event appreciated the sponsors of the race for giving athletes a chance.
Baringo central Member of Parliament Hon. Joshua Kandie said he will champion the development of athletics camps within Baringo Central as a way of nurturing talent.
Lotto Foundation Chairman Brian Waluchio said the gaming company is proud to be associated with Baringo Half Marathon and that he looks forward to continued partnership with Baringo County even in other sectors.
Besides sponsoring the race to a tune of Ksh 5 million up from last year’s Ksh 4 million,the company also donated food and non food items to Kabarnet school for deaf and blind.