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The Inspector General Mr. Hilary Mutyambai on Friday attended  the 2019 National Police Service Athletics Championships finals .

The IG said that athletics is one of the sporting disciplines that the National Police Service takes seriously and expressed his personal commitment  to continuously support police athletes towards greater levels of performance excellence.

Following athletes’sterling performances in the various categories, Mr. Mutyambai spoke confidently that the future of athletics in the service looked as bright as ever. He praised the athletes for doing their best to ensure that the National Police Service remained a titan in athletics, both at home and internationally.

The Inspector General commended leading athletes for their outstanding performance, especially last year during Senior Africa Championships held in Nigeria:  The police team represented the country very well and emerged winners on the continent. He noted that Kenya is rich with talented athletes.

‘’Today, the National Police Service is the home of champions with World renowned Athletes such as: ASP Abel Kirui, C.I Vivian Cheruiyot, C.I David Rudisha, C.I Ezekiel Kemboi, IP Elijah Manangoi, S/Sgt Julius Yego, S/Sgt Eunice Sum, Sgt Hyvin Kiyeng, among others. All these, including our pioneer athletes led by Dr. Kipchoge Keino, who were instrumental in establishing a firm foundation upon which athletics in Kenya has been built’’.

The IG noted that the NPS performance in the National Cross-Country Championships held earlier in the year was not favourable, compared to previous years. As a result, few athletes from the NPS represented the country during the World Cross-Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. He was however optimistic that the NPS team will in future proudly defend their big name in sports; and to keep it that way.

Mr. Mutyambai congratulated the World record holder for 3000m steeplechase, Cpl Beatrice Chepkoech for her outstanding performance in the Diamond League competitions. He attributed her accomplishment to police supremacy in this field. Having been crowned the best female athlete in 3000m steeplechase last year, the IG urged the athletes to reflect the same in this year’s All Africa Games in Morocco and World Championships to be held in Doha, Qatar.

‘’Our greatness has gone beyond track events and we are now building a name for ourselves in field events as well. On that note, I wish to also commend our champions in field events for breaking National records: S/Sgt Julius Yego and APC Damacline Nyakeruri both participating in javelin, and PC Rose Rakamba in hammer throw.’’ Said the IG.

Addressing the coaches, Mr. Mutyambai acknowledged that excellence in sports takes a combination of talent, resilience, discipline and good training. He praised the coaches for doing a good job with the athletes and promised to support their activities for improved performance in all disciplines. He further recognized the important role played by Athletics Kenya (AK) in supporting the National Police Service Athletics Team.

‘’I also want to mention the important role played by our corporate sponsors in building our sporting prowess. Over the years we have continued to enjoy their support which we do not take for granted. Our corporate sponsors this year include: Harambee Sacco, Huawei, Co-operative Bank, Samsung, Kass FM, National Bank, Rivatex, Lotto Foundation, Bank of Africa, Kenya Commercial Bank, Nairobi Sports House, Coca-Cola company, DT Dobie, Pioneer Insurance, Nike Company, Kenya Police Staff Sacco to name just but a few. You are our invaluable partners and we thank you very much for always standing with us.’’

In his concluding remarks, the IG thanked all the athletes for the great sportsmanship exhibited in this year’s competition. He congratulated the winning teams and individuals, and encouraged those who did not make it to train harder in order to stand a better chance in future competitions. He urged participants to use such opportunities to increase their networks and create necessary links which can always come in handy in their day to day operations as law enforcement officers. 


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