Patrick Makau

Promenent names in Kenya`s athletics scene have renewed their commitment towards environmental conservation and other activities that promote sustainable development in the country.

The world marathon record holders Paul Tergat and Patrick Makau pledged to mobilise their colleagues to support green initiatives that benefit the wider Kenyan society.

Speaking in Nairobi during the announcement of a half marathon organised by UNEP on February 19 to coincide with the UN environmental agency 40th anniversary,the two marathoners underscored the critical role of sports in environmental conservation.

Tergat remarked”globally,the relationship between sports and enviroment has been growing steadily so much so that environment is a key consideration in almost all sports planning activities.”

He added “most importantly,every athlete requires a clean environment for optimum performance in his career.”

Patrick Makau,the current marathon holder after winning last year`s Berlin Marathon said “marathoners are committed to a cleaner environment.We will work with UNEP to promote a clean and safe environment for all citizens.”

It is hoped that involvement of athletic giants in enviromental conservaion will showcase Kenya as a green economy powerhouse.

Kenya is home to record breakers in the global athletics circuit and the government,non state actors and UN agencies stationed in the East African Nation,have been recruting famous names in the track to champion social and environmental causes.

Paul Tergat,the world marathon record holder(2003-2007),is a World Food Program(WFP) Goodwill Ambassador and was recently appointed by the UN Seceretary General as a UN MDGs Champion 2010-2015.

Tergat is a leading philathropist in Kenya and supports projects that empowers disadavantaged communities through his flagship Paul Tergat Foundation.

Written by Naftali Mwaura, Africa Science News

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