The Telescope


Besides the country’s diverse and captivating safari tours and the recent economic boost in investment nothing makes as much international attention as our runners.

So far, the country has gone on to produce 79 Olympic track and field medallists with zero from the field side of the equation. But Julius Yego could end that streak soon in the upcoming Olympics in Rio.

Worldwide Yego is now a favourite in the javelin after winning gold at the world championships in Beijing following a jolting throw of 92.72 meters breaking the African record by throwing the third furthest distance ever and the longest effort in the last 14 years!This makes for a season best for the YouTube trained star.

A successful field athlete from a country that produces mainly track stars, Yego has had to take an unorthodox path to the top.

The 26-year-old has on several occasions professed that he does not have a coach, and has learnt how to throw the javelin by watching YouTube video of the sport’s greats citing that his motivation comes from within.

Yego’s success has undoubtedly shown the world the power of the internet it goes above and beyond sports. He has flung open the door of possibility not just in sports but in all sectors of society.julius-yego

Today, Yego is ripping success but away from the glitz and glamour is a man whose stood true to his commitment and consistently sought out to be the best at his skill to achieve his dream.

Like him, behind the success that sees the public extol Usain Bolt’s speed, Michael Phelps’ dominance, Serena Williams’ court savvy or Ezekiel Kemboi’s surge of resilience on the track, is a series of pushed limits in the human ability so as to rise above their competitors. A strapping yet sore desire to achieve what no one before them has ever accomplished.

Behind the victory are endless hours of sacrifice and training.None of the great sports personalities is endowed with a special recipe of DNA that destines them to greatness.

In the wake of such success there is need for extra emphasis on the philosophy behind having rules against performance enhancement substances.

Government should address doping lest it taints Kenyan reputation and teams morale in consequent championship games

The general idea is, if the substance is natural, then it is legal and illegal if its synthetic and enhance performance, meaning sports relies on agreed upon core values and one of those is that you bring to the sport what you came in with, through natural talent and training.

It is then unfortunate that in the recent past a few of our Kenyan athletes have undermined the countries great reputation and spirit by testing positive for doping. For obvious reasons the government should address this unbecoming trend  immediately lest it taints our Kenyan athletes’ reputation and morale in consequent championship games.

According to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), a sports body responsible for determining which substances are banned, athletes found to have used banned substances, through a positive drugs test, are banned from competition for a specified period.

Athletes found to have banned substances in their possession, or who tamper with or refuse to submit to drug testing can also be deregistered from the sport.

Short competitive bans are also given to athletes who test positive for prohibited recreational drugs or minor stimulants which enhance performance.

This article was published on People Weekend on 29-30,August 2015

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