President Ruto Rewards World Record Holder Faith Kipyegon
President William Ruto made an announcement o Tuesday regarding the government’s plans to honor world record holder Faith Kipyegon for her exemplary performance in the 1500 and 5000m race.
And as a token of appreciation, the Head of State awarded Faith Kipyegon with Ksh. 5 million for one record while a Ksh. 6 million home would be provided for the other achievement.
During an event held at State House to celebrate the champion’s success, President Ruto emphasized the importance of recognizing and acknowledging the exceptional performances of Kenyan athletes.
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He expressed his belief that by appropriately honoring them, Kenya can continue to inspire outstanding achievements in international competitions.
Additionally, the President highlighted that moving forward, any Kenyan athlete who achieves who achieves remarkable performances in competitions will be rewarded. Additionally, a sum of Ksh. 5 million will be granted to those who break any record. This move, according to the President, aims to incentivize and encourage athletes to strive for excellence in their respective fields.
“Going forward, we have decided as the government of Kenya that any Kenyan who participates in a world event and breaks a world record, unlike in the past where there was no recognition, going forward, for any world record broken by a Kenyan, Kenya is going to award Ksh. 5 million,” the President announced.
“And we are going to start today with Faith, she has broken two world records in 1500m in Italy and 5000m in France. The government is going to award her a total of Ksh. 5 million for one record and we are going to give her a house worth Ksh. 6 million for the other record.”
The President also expressed a firm commitment to collaborating closely with relevant organizations in order to foster and inspire upcoming athletes to consistently represent Kenya with pride and achieve remarkable success on the international stage.
“We already have the talent, the pool of talented resources in Kenya that can break any record and going forward we will work hand in hand with our athletes and also reward them appropriately,” he said.
In an extraordinary display of talent, Faith Kipyegon shattered two World Records within a remarkable span of just one week. The first record was set during the Diamond League event held in Florence, Italy, where she blazed through the 1500-meter race in an astonishing time of 3:49:11.
Not stopping there, she continued her phenomenal performance in Paris, France, conquering the 5000-meter distance in an astounding time of 14:05:20. These remarkable achievements have firmly established Kipyegon as a true force to be reckoned with in the world of athletics.
Kipyegon jetted into the country today morning abode Harambee One, a military flight reserved for the President and other VVIPs and she was received by Sports CS Ababu Namwamba and Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja at the VVIP Hangar in Embakasi Garrison.
They then took her to State House, Nairobi, where she was received by the President with other Senior Government officials.