Legendary Paul Tergat has vowed to work with whoever will be elected during the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) elections which will be held on September 29 saying his intention is to work with everybody.
Tergat said on Thursday.
“The fact that I have been seen talking to some groups doesn’t necessary means I am endorsing them. Like everyone else, I am anxiously waiting to see how the exercise will go. After all, I only have one vote and a lot will depend on who the federations want to serve them in different capacities,”
“We are all campaigning and considering the position I want, I am inclined to talk to everyone. I have tried my best to reach out to every association because I cannot run a divided house. You realize sports have stalled since Rio Olympics 2016 and since we have already set up a date, we need to work with it and not pass the buck,” Tergat added
The Sports Personality of the Year (SOYA) founder insisted that all NOCK needs right now is to focus and work with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) bearing in mind the Commonwealth Games are less than six months away.
“We are already too late for the games and the more we engage in rhetoric, the more we lose on time to prepare adequately,”
“We have in the past performed well in disciplines across the board because sports is about the athletes. Nowadays, officials think about themselves first hence the current trend. This is what I would like to see changed and it will no longer be business as usual if I am given the mandate to lead the organization,” he noted.
Speaking on election Tergat urged all candidates to provide stable environment for all to compete without uttering sentiments of division.
He asked the aspiring candidates to exercise sportsmanship and compete in a friendlier environment.
“This is not a matter of life and death because after the polls, we will still need each other in the sports arena,” he said.