The Commonwealth Championships in the 5,000 meters in 2014, Mercy Cherono, has called on the Kenyan Athletics Association to increase the number of female coaches in the South Rift region, to manage girls as the region is known for providing more than 60% of budding athletes competing in international competitions.
“We have a lot of talent in this area and if you follow the history you will see that many young international athletes are from this area, but it is sad to see that most of the coaches who train these athletes and especially girls are male. Kenya Athletics Association should hire more female coaches because girls have a lot of things that it is difficult for them to consult with men ”said Cherono
Cherono contributing to the debate at the Kericho session
Cherono also highlighted the need for athletes to involve their parents in their athletic careers in order to be successful.
“As athletes we need to fear God, respect our parents, have a goal and respect the coaches.
The director of the budding competition Barnaba Korir encouraged the athletes to invest positively, adding that they would gather all the comments of the athletes and then consider them.
“Athletes’ time to run is short and athletes have to spend money wisely.
Youth competition director Barnaba Korir speaking at the Kericho session
investing well and avoiding bad associations ”said Korir.
Korir added that Athletics Kenya will look into issues raised by athletes after the 15 seminars are completed.
Athletes who attended the Kericho session
The conference of athletes and coaches as well as Kenyan athletics officials will head to Keringet, Nakuru County on Thursday, before resuming next week.