Two-time Olympic silver medalist, Paul Tergat has announced he will be contesting for the topmost seat during the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) elections set for May 5, 2017.
The five-time World Cross Country champion confirmed he will rival incumbent and fellow track legend Kipchoge Keino during the elections, setting stage for perhaps the most contested election in the history of the organization.
“After serving the nation as an athlete for more than two decades, today marks another new chapter as I join another race in my career. For a long time, I have watched from the periphery in as far as the management of sports is concerned.
He said in a statement: At times, I have played peripheral role just to ensure that the interests of athletes are taken care of,” Tergat declared.
“However, time has come for me to lead from the front and it’s an idea I have thought of very carefully and consulted widely, too. I am sure you are aware of the push and pull we have had at the National Olympic Committee of Kenya over the adoption of a new constitution in the last few months.
“However, the course is now clear with the passing of the new document and we can only look to the future with confidence. It is against this background that I declare my candidature for the position of Nock president ahead of the elections scheduled for May 5.
The 47-year-old Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) founder added: “I believe by offering the best to our sportsmen and women, we can finally create a feeling of inclusiveness. I am ready to serve the sporting fraternity and I am sure with my connections around the world, coupled with your support, we will take Kenyan sports to the next level.”
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