President Uhuru assures gov’t support for national sports teams

Josphat Bett-winner of Beyond Zero 21 km. He pocketed KSh250,000 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured Harambee Stars, national Rugby and Netball teams of government support in their international assignments.

The president said national teams need moral and financial support in order to deliver good results and give Kenya good image.

The head of state made the remarks at the Nyayo National Stadium when he graced the annual Beyond Zero marathon, the brainchild of First Lady Margret Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta’s remarks were lauded by the Kenya Netball Federation (KNF) Chairlady Emmaculate Kabutha who described the president’s speech as timely since it came when the Netball team is preparing to represent the country in in Zanzibar.

“This year I can proudly say that sports, culture and arts will truly take center stage in our Republic. I can say with certainty that this year Harambee Stars will not be begging or borrowing… we will fund them to ensure Harambee Stars becomes a success, I want to assure you that our rugby   and the National Netball teams will be fully sponsored by the government this year,” the President assured.

In attendance was Deputy President Dr. William Ruto, former Ethiopia Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn and wife Reman Tesfag, newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage Amb. Amina Mohammed among other dignitaries.

The First Lady was accompanied by former First Lady of Ethiopia, Roman Tesfaye who also competed in the 10km race. Speaking after finishing the race, the First Lady dedicated the day to all Kenyans, and urged everyone to take charge of their lives through healthy lifestyle choices.

The President was at hand to receive the first lady when she cut the tape to finish the 10 km race. Speaking after finishing the race, the First Lady dedicate the day to all Kenyans, and urged everyone to take charge of their lives through healthy lifestyle choices.

“We have contributed to prevention of thousands of mothers and babies dying from lack of health care and medicines. We purchased and delivered mobile clinics in all 47 counties and we have begun medical safari to address specific medical concerns,” The First Lady addressed.

“We have contributed to the wide spread awareness around health awareness facing women, children and vulnerable communities. Despite the progress we have made our work is not yet done, I upload all elite athletes and you are an inspiration to all of us and especially the Paralympians who competed today, using the this race as training  ahead of next year’s international meet,” she added.

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