Friday, December 6, 2019

CS, Environment and Forestry, Mr. Keriako Tobiko with CS, Sports, Amb. Amina Mohammed and athlete, Kipchonge, during the Mashujaa day fetes.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Keriako Tobiko and his Sports counterpart Amb. Amina Mohamed, inched closer to the long-held dream of promoting environment conservation through sports when they met world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge.

The meeting was during this year’s Mashujaa national day celebrations held in Mombasa, where the world-famous marathoner was feted by president Uhuru Kenyatta with the prestigious national decoration of the Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH).

The Cabinet Secretaries and the athlete discussed conservation of the environment and forestry resources as an enabler to improve performance of sports in the country.

Eliud, among other world-renowned athletes in the country, train at the Kaptagat Forest in north rift valley where conservation and restoration will ensure quality air to enable a conducive environment for training.

The athlete, who became the first man on earth to ever run a 42 kilometers marathon in less than two hours, discussed with the Cabinet Secretaries the possibility of the Eliud Kipchoge Foundation, to adopt & restore part of Kaptagat Forest.

The athlete together with his Coach Mr. Sang, who were flown to Mombasa for the Mashujaa Day celebrations by Kenya Forest Service (KFS) caravan aircraft, was awarded the medal that is preserved for the most honored personalities in the country.

Those awarded are people whose outstanding services rendered to the nation in various capacities are highly recognized and distinguished.

 

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