The Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Amb (Dr) Monica Juma has urged a team of 24 Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) athletes to hoist the Kenyan flag high in the oncoming African Cross-country championships to be held in Togo in March this year.
Speaking on Friday January 29, 2021 during the 40th edition of the Athletics Kenya Defence Forces Cross-country at Moi Air Base, the CS congratulated the team that was selected during the just concluded selection competition for their incredible performance.
“I want to commend all the people who have participated in today’s competition for the great performance they have shown today. I have no doubt that the team shall show the same exemplary performance at the national level and qualify to represent the KDF family and Kenya at large at the international level,” said the CS.
Dr. Juma, however, cautioned the teams against taking shortcuts associated with stimulant drugs saying the Anti-Doping Agency Kenya (ADAK) officials are on the look out to disqualify anyone found using the drugs.
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Robert Kibochi thanked the teams for showing competence in sports and assured them of his continued support.Sergeant Hellen Obiri of Laikipia Air Base topped the womens’ team in the 10,000 metres race while Gunner Kibiwot Kandie trounced his male counterparts in the same race.Private Collins Sawe of Kahawa Garrison and Erick Kiptanui of Embakasi Garrison emerged third and fourth respectively in mens’10,000 metres race while Senior Private Joyce Chepkemoi of Thika Garrison and Sheilla Chepkirui emerged second and third in womens’ race.