Retired athletes from Machakos, Makueni and Kitui counties launched a food donation initiative on Friday to protect vulnerable athletes from the south from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Led by ex-marathon world record holder Patrick Makau, six-time Honolulu Marathon winner Jimmy Muindi and twice World Cross Country silver medalist Patrick Ivuti, among others, the former athletes joined hands to help the next athletes who are struggling due to the pandemic.
More than 50 athletes from Kea Athletics Camp in Mwingi, Kitui County, were the first group to benefit from food aid on Friday with Machakos at the next stop on Saturday, before the initiative heads to Makueni next week.
Kea Athletics Camp CEO Catherine Makau, who is also the wife of marathon legend Patrick Makau, called for more support “to relieve the next athletes of the scourge of hunger caused by the ban on sports in the country”.
“It is a good gesture from our retired athletes and I ask supporters to speak up and show support to our young athletes. Life in athletics camps is so difficult, especially during the coronavirus period, so this is the best time to give back to the community, remembering our athletes who cannot compete during this period after sports have been banned, ”said Catherine Citizen Digital.
The representative of athletes from the southern region, Onesmus Makau, said that they are planning to seek an audience with the municipal governments in the area to ask for more support so that athletes continue with their training.
“We need more stakeholders to make sure these athletes do not suffer and we will be discussing with our county governments to see where they can help,” he said.
All sports activities in Kenya were suspended two weeks ago, when President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a series of measures to contain the severe third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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