By Michael Oriedo
“Would you work with your spouse in the same office or organisation?” a radio presenter asked a caller during a heated breakfast discussion.
You can guess what the caller answered and how she went on to justify her response.
“If you quarrel at home, you carry the arguments to the office. Everyone also knows things are not okay between you by reading your moods. It is worse if he is your boss,” she said.
Another caller said he wouldn’t stand seeing a fellow man chatting with his wife, even if it was his boss.
“Imagine seeing your wife laughing until her molars are seen when the boss cracks a joke and yet she never does the same when you are with her at home,” he explained.
Well, most people dread working with their spouses and going by peoples’ comments, it seems it is an unexciting experience.
In sports, things are not different. In fact, sportsmen and women are worse off when one considers that most sporting events happen at international arenas, which involves a lot of travelling and meeting all kinds of people.
So, when your wife goes to compete in Berlin Marathon and you head to Doha, who takes care of the children?
Some athletes, however, have managed to overcome such challenges and are happily married, both in sports and in the house.
Moses Mosop and Florence Kiplagat are as successful in their marriage as they are on the track. The cross country and marathon champions are both managed by Dutchman Jos Hermens and train in Iten together under the same coach.
They have two children, Aisha Jelagat, four, and Faith Jerono, seven.