Don’t put pressure on athletes, says Tokyo star Rotich

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 00:00 | By
Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony with Ferguson Rotich at the county headquarters last week. Photo/PD/PHILIP YEGON

Kenyans have been urged not to put pressure on athletes to deliver during sports outings across the world. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics silver medallist Ferguson Rotich called on the fans to let sportsmen and women compete in races without the pressure to deliver or to win.  

Speaking in Kericho town, Rotich, who clinched silver in 800m at  the just concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games,  said winning races depends on a number of factors.

He was responding to questions from journalists on why Kenya lost some races during the Tokyo Olympics Games.

“If there is pressure some even panic to the extent of performing poorly,” Rotich added. 

During the Tokyo Olympics, Kenya’s athletes did not shine in races such as the 3,000m steeplechase, 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m.

Rotich said some of the athletes from other countries have discovered secrets of success from their Kenyan counterparts with many training in Kenya.

Meanwhile, Rotich has been appointed the goodwill ambassador in the fight against drugs and substance abuse in Kericho County.

The appointment was made by Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony Paul when he received the middle-distance runner in his office last week. 

Rotich will now be the champion and voice against the growing menace of substance abuse among the youth in the county.

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