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Kenyan Athletes Taking It To The Bank

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 28, 2011

The East African nation has won the lion’s share of marathons worldwide.

According to an article posted on All Africa.com’s Web site, Kenyan athletes brought in 960 million Kenyan shillings last year. This converts into over $11 million. The news was announced by the chairman of the Kenyan National Olympic Committee, Kipchoge Keino. Mr. Keino said that of 156 marathons held worldwide, Kenya won 126 of them.

“Athletics, like tea and tourism, is becoming a major income earner in the country,” he said.

Mr. Keino stressed the importance of the benefits this money has had on his home country. He stressed the importance of junior athletics and said that all 47 of Kenya’s counties should have training facilities available.

The chairman’s announcement came at the “Chai ni Afya Marathon” where he was the chief guest.

The Chai ni Afya Marathon was sponsored by the Tea Board of Kenya, which comprises the major tea producers in that country.

In his speech, Mr. Keino said that the tea producers should showcase their products at the Kenya House which will be on display at the 2012 Olympics in London.

For More: All Africa.com

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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