Athletics Kenya to convene athletes’ forum

Sunday, October 31st, 2021 00:00 | By
Athletics Kenya head of youth development Barnabas Korir (left) and senior vice president in charge of competitions Paul Mutwiiin during a past press conference at Riadha House, Nairobi. Photo/PD/David Ndolo

Athletics Kenya will this year hold consultative meetings in more than 10 zones with the aim of reaching out to as many athletes as possible.

 The federation said unlike the previous years where elite athletes were invited for a seminar in a central place, this time they want to spread it out to reach as many athletes as possible.  

 “We have realised that we lock out a lot of athletes whenever we centralise our seminars.

We want every athlete to benefit from this event hence the decision to spread it out,” read the statement from AK. 

 According to the senior vice president in charge of competitions Paul Mutwii, AK will hold a one day consultative meeting in every region, where all athletes within the area are required to attend.

 “We have always had conferences or seminars on various topics but this year it will be a different affair because we want to move to various regions and have a discussion with athletes on various issues. We want to listen more to the athletes,” said Mutwii.

 He further stated that athletes will be free to attend the one-day event with their spouses as one way of bringing the athletics fraternity together.

This is because some of the topics to be addressed will touch on social issues and doping among other matters.

 AK President Jack Tuwei said the planned meetings are being held at a time when athletes need support and this is supposed to help them open up and share their stories.

 “Following the death of our star Agnes Tirop, we have agreed to do things in a different way.

We want the athletes to share their own stories and that is why we shall call it a consultative meeting. We want to hear from them more,” explained Tuwei.

 He also urged the corporates and other stakeholders who want to come on board not to shy away but join hands in making sure the event is successful.

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