Speaking at the same function, David Rudisha, who was the overall captain of the Kenyan team, thanked Safaricom for the offer to help in developing short races.
Rudisha who started competing in 200m, said a lot of athletes are falling off the way due to luck of support.
“Before I made the transition to 800m, I was a 200m runner, but there was a lot of discouragement from people who told me this would not take me anywhere. We need to change this trend because there are many athletes at the grassroots who are talented in the short races but luck support and so they just give up if they cannot make the transition to the long races like I did,” he said.
Athletics Kenya and National Olympic Committee of Kenya did not speak at the function. Sports assistant Minister Wavinya Ndeti thanked Safaricom for their support and urged other companies to follow suit.