Sports / Updates
Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 18:41 EAT
Five-time World Cross Country champion Paul Tergat's bid for the National Olympic Committee (NOCK) chairmanship got a big boost Tuesday when 11 out of 22 affiliates of the local Olympic body endorsed his candidature. This is a major development for Tergat, also an International Olympic Committee (IOC), ahead of the NOCK elections on May 2.
With the endorsement, Tergat, who is also an athlete representative and former marathon world record holder, is as good as having captured the seat, a development that will see him remove his predecessor, the legendary Kipchoge Keino, should the latter opt to defend his seat. Like Tergat, Kipchoge is also an Olympic champion, having won middle distance gold and silver medals at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico.
Launching his bid in Nairobi Tuesday,said he plans to fight corruption and declare zero tolerance for doping in sports, if elected. Safeguarding the image of NOCK will also be his top priority. “I will ensure that Kenyan sports remain clean. There will be no room for doping. I will have zero tolerance for drugs during my tenure,” he said. He thanked the NOCK affiliates who endorsed his candidature.
Though praising outgoing chairman Kipchoge Keino for a job well done, he urged him to retire and pave the way for youngblood. Tergat's line up has-Tergat Shadrack Muluki of Kenya Judo Association, who will vie for the first vice-president with Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei seeking the second vice-president's seat.
Others are Andrew Mudibo (table tennis, secretary-general), Francis Mutuku (tennis federation, assistant secretary-general). Ellyna Shiveka (hockey union, treasurer) and John Kameta (boxing association, assistant treasurer).
Others are Catherine Ndereba (NOCK athlete represetantive), Nebea Murithi (football Kenya, national executive representative, Eastern Region) and Shoaib Voyani Buyana of shooting federation who will vie for committee membership.