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NOCK support for athletics coaches a timely boost ahead of the Olympic Games

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) has been commended for their financial support to athletics coaches as they prepare athletes for this summer’s Olympic Games.

Coach Ruth Bundotich said the support will relieve them from age-old headaches associated with a lack of sufficient financial resources to facilitate their activities.

“We have never seen anything like this, the coaches have had a tough time despite putting in a lot of work and sacrificing a lot of time. The financial support we receive from NOCK is very empowering, it means that coaches can now focus on good results. Bundotich, who coaches 5km world record holder Agnes Ngetich, said.

The support will go towards daily allowances for the athletes, their pacers and coaches, in addition to improving the facilitation of their physiotherapy, medical care, gym and transport.

At the same time, NOCK Secretary General Francis Mutuku said the support will not only have a seismic effect on the coaches, but also on athletes and talent development in the country.

Coach Ruth Bundotich at the technical meeting between NOCK and AK. PHOTO/NOK

“Our athletes are as good and happy as the coaches who interact with them, they are the closest to the athletes, and often they are the unsung heroes. We have identified a gap where the focus is on the athletes, while coaches are only recognized after the national team is named,” said Mutuku.

The two spoke on the sidelines of a technical meeting at Riadha House between NOCK and Athletics Kenya (AK) ahead of the national trials for the Olympic Games, which take place in the middle of next month.

Also present at the meeting was AK Vice President Paul Mutwii, who said the meeting was necessary to ensure that all stakeholders are speaking from the same script regarding preparations for the Olympic Games.

“We are very pleased to be able to engage all our stakeholders ahead of the trials. Athletics Kenya is working closely with NOCK in building capacity and promoting synergies between all parties. Supporting the athlete and his coach will go a long way deliver,” he said.

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Others present at the day-long meeting included AK Treasurer David Miano, Chief Administrative Officer Susan Kamau and technical staff, as well as NOCK Deputy Treasurer and Olympics Performance Lead, John Ogolla.