At the funeral service of World Marathon Record Holder Kelvin Kiptum in Chepkorio, President William Ruto emphasized the importance of veteran athletes mentoring younger and upcoming sportsmen. Addressing attendees, including prominent athletes like Paul Tergat, Faith Kipyegon, and javelin champion Julius Yego, President Ruto urged the older generation of sportsmen to actively engage in mentorship to guide and support the next generation of athletes.

“Athletes like Paul Tergat, you should do more in mentoring the younger ones, so that we can assist them to be successful athletes and successful Kenyans,” stated President Ruto, emphasizing the pivotal role of mentorship in nurturing talent and fostering success.

Expressing his commitment to supporting upcoming athletes, President Ruto assured that he would collaborate with parents, coaches, and managers to ensure comprehensive mentorship programs are in place. He emphasized the collective responsibility of the government and all stakeholders in providing guidance and opportunities for young athletes to excel.

As the nation mourned the loss of Kelvin Kiptum, President Ruto condoled with the family and paid tribute to the late athlete, describing him as a star who had made an extraordinary mark in the sports world. Kiptum’s untimely death in a tragic road accident cut short a promising career, leaving a void in Kenya’s athletic community.

Despite the sorrow, President Ruto encouraged athletes representing Kenya in the upcoming Paris Marathon to honor Kiptum’s memory by striving for excellence and bringing pride to the nation through their performance. Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei echoed this sentiment, urging athletes to train hard and compete strategically as a team to secure victory in memory of Kiptum.

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