“You have made our country proud. That week of the IAAF championships put Kenya on the map as the event brought together teams from across the globe. You have Marketed our country. The number of people who turned out to watch the event tells about what you did for the country,” President Kenyatta said.
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) July 21, 2017
The Head of State spoke at State House, Nairobi, when he received back the national flag from the team.
The team was at the house on the hill where they received their awards for doing the country proud.
Kenya finished fourth on the medal table with 4 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze medals. South Africa came first and Ethiopia coming in fifth.
Kenyans did not only do well at the championships but also broke the record for the highest turn out.
— IAAF (@iaaforg) July 15, 2017
The President assured that his administration will continue supporting sports to ensure the youth benefit from their talents.
Sports, Culture and Arts Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario said adoption of the camp system where the youth athletes resided in camps helped to improve their performance.
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