Athletes with disabilities promised millions
“Every sportsman participating in international sports will be getting Ksh. 1 million for every gold won. Those who win silver will get Ksh. 500,000 while those who get bronze will get Ksh. 250,000”
Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday, September 22, promised millions to sportsmen living with disabilities should they win medals in international sporting activities.
Ruto was speaking as he hosted a group of persons with disabilities and a section of leaders at his residence in Karen, Nairobi.
The Deputy President apologised for the poor treatment sportsmen and women with disabilities have been subjected to from the government and promised a cash prize to top performers.
“Sportsmen and women with disabilities are facing numerous challenges, they have slept on the road and airports. Let me take his opportunity on behalf of the government to apologise.
“Every sportsman participating in international sports will be getting Ksh1 million for every gold won. Those who win silver will get Ksh500,000 while those who get bronze will get Ksh250,000,” he noted.
William Ruto added that the government was in the process of improving how sportsmen with disabilities are treated whenever they travel to represent the country.
The Jubilee Deputy Party Leader also called for equality between sportsmen across the board regardless of the sport or their abilities.
The Kenya Amputee Football team was subjected to poor treatment from the government as they were forced to stage a sit-in at the sports ministry’s Kencom House headquarters to draw attention to their plight.
The team spent 18 hours at the Frankfurt Airport without a meal as they journeyed back home from Guadalajara, Mexico after taking part in the Amputee World Cup.
Aside from sports, Ruto also urged the government to be non-discriminatory in the award of businesses to the people with disabilities.
“We should not award them light tenders on the basis of their physical ability. If they can deliver on road construction and other heavy projects, let them be given the chance, and no doubt, they will deliver,” added Ruto.
Two months ago, during the late legendary athlete Ben Jipcho’s funeral at his home in Trans Nzoia County for neglecting the county’s sportsmen.
The woman who is a retired athlete stated that government officials are always fast to increase their salaries but forget about the athletes.
She demanded that the Heros and Heroines Committee needs to be implemented so that they could get their pension and medical cover.