President Kenyatta directs Sports ministry to pay athletes outstanding allowances

President Kenyatta directs Sports ministry to pay athletes outstanding allowances

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President Uhuru address Kenya Athletes at Statehouse, Nairobi on Saturday. PHOTO/ courtesy of (PSCU)

President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday morning directed Sports ministry to pay athletes all their outstanding allowances worth ksh 60 million, dating back to 2013.

The President issued the directive as he hosted the victorious Beijing World and Cali Junior championships teams for breakfast at State House, Nairobi.

“I want the athletes and their officials to come here on Thursday next week and inform me whether their allowances have been paid,” the President said.

The two teams represented Kenya at the recent 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, and IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.

As a sign of appreciation to the triumphant athletes, President Kenyatta announced the Government’s cash prizes of Sh1 million for gold medalists, Sh500,000 for silver and Sh250,000 for bronze.

In addition, the President said the two teams will also take home Sh5 million each.

“All members of the teams played a role in bringing glory to the country and should be appreciated. For the medalists, your win is the win for the team, the country and all Kenyans,” President Kenyatta said.

The Beijing team beat the world’s sporting giants Jamaica, the US, defending champions Russia and China to top the medal table with seven gold, six silver and three bronze medals at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing last August.

Among the gold medal winners was Javelin sensation Julius Yego, who made history by winning the country its first major field event at the World Championships with a world record throw of 92.72m.

Also present was Olympic and world 3000m Steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi, popularly known as “Baba Yao” in sports. He has won the steeplechase in the World Championships four times since 2009.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario congratulated the athletes in both championships for their sterling performance.

“History was made in Beijing during the 2014-2015 sports year when Kenya, an African country, emerged on top of the world,” Mr Wario said.

The Story courtesy of (PSCU).