63 year old retired chief embarks on 185 Km Journey demanding better recognition of Kenyan Athletes!


– Malatit is concerned that  Kenyan athletes are not  well celebrated-

63 year old Malalit Arap Chebii embarks on 185 Km journey from Salawa Baringo to Makutano west Pokot

By Victoria Chesang 

A retired  assistant chief of Kimoso location ,Salawa area Baringo Central  constituency ,  Malalit Arap Chebii  aged 63 has embarked on a 185 km  journey  from Salawa to  Makutano town in West Pokot County with an  aim of promoting peace  among athletes .  

On February , 12th  2022, Malatit walked 105 km from his home in Salawa Baringo county to Kapseret  sub county  in Uasin Gishu , to attend the memorial  service of the late Record-breaking long-distance runner Agnes Tirop .

 Malatit is concerned that  Kenyan athletes are not  well celebrated  despite  bringing fame to the country.

 ‘What encourages me to walk this long distance is because I love athletes, I am not an athlete myself but I love their dedication , they have  brought  our  country many medals and  fame” Opined  Malatit.

Malatit plans  to reach Makutano after a five days walk while wanting the Makutano Stadium to be renamed  after Tecla Lorupe ,  a retired  long-distance track and road runner.

‘It will take me five days to reach Kapenguria , and my aim of walking to Kapenguria is because I am championing  for the Makutano stadium to be named Tecla Lorupe Makutano   Stadium” he said.

Malatit said despite Tecla’s  winning several medals during her prime days  she has not been appreciated enough  and renaming  the Stadium  will bring her  honour .

‘She is a lover of peace and a strong athlete, and has shown her tenacity by bringing home several medals making Kenya proud  and so it will be good for her to be respected by having the  stadium named after her “

Tecla Lorupe is my heroine and she will remain to be our heroine .He Added

The  government  has been implored to better reward Kenyan Athletes  and  ensure their safety .

In the  recent past   Agnes Tirop and Damaris Mutua  are some of the world celebrated  athletes who have  lost their lives in unclear  circumstances  in Iten , Elgeyo Marakwet County .


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