By Fred Maingi
World Olympians Association(WOA) has promised to support Kenya Olympian Association (KOA) in their future engagements as a way of recognising Kenya Sports heroes.
The visiting Sandrine Billet who is the Olympic Development officer Africa,and a member from the World Olympian Association lauded Kenya for being a pacesetter and a game changer when it comes to sports especially Athletics.
“We are ready, added Billet, to support Kenya at all times, and especially at this time when you are trying to prepare to host a major event at the end of March”
During the occasion, Kenya entered into a partnership deal with WOA and the Emara hotel management.
Billet was subsequently presented with a glittering trophy as a symbol of partnership and the start of a new journey by KOA president Moses Tanui.
“Im delighted to be in Kenya for the first time. This occasion is historical not only for Kenya but the entire Olympian fraternity. We value Kenya as a great sporting country and we are ready to partner and work together as a family” she noted.
In his speech, Tanui confirmed that his Association has been registered and already they ave a certificate which they received a fortnight ago.
He added “This is a great moment for Kenya. We are now fully operational. We are now a registered Association with a board of 13 members and several professional volunteers.”
“We are now, added Tanui, calling upon members to register with the Association and get official recognition by receiving a special pin and certificate”
The KOA president who was flanked by his deputy Lydia Okech, events Director Delano Kiilu and top official/Cordinator Tobby Lyambila said service to Olympians is service to the society.
Tanui, on behalf of his members, lauded Billet for visiting Kenya for the first time adding that “We welcome her to enjoy the sights and sounds of our great country”
KOA deputy president Lydia Okech said the Association is planning to organise trainings,and seminar for their members,by teaching them on dangers emanating from dopping, drugs and how they can spend their money wisely among other issues “.