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Kenya lauds athletes for good show in Osaka
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08:37, September 04, 2007

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Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori Monday sent a congratulatory message to the country's team as Kenya placed second in the 11th World Athletics Championships, Osaka, Japan ahead of over 40 other countries.

In a statement issued in Nairobi, Awori said that through hard work, discipline and determination the Kenyan team had earned the country worldwide respect and great pride.

"Winning 13 medals in an international meet is no mean achievement, and that is why I salute these gallant sons and daughters of our great country for flying our flag so high and reaffirming the country's position as a superpower in world athletics," Awori said.

During the championships which ended on Sunday, the east African nation managed 13 medals, five of them gold, three silver and five bronze, only next to the United States which took home 26 medals.

Awori who noted that sports was no longer an idle pastime but a lucrative economic undertaking that is earning the athletes as well as the country a lot in foreign income, reiterated the government's commitment to promote sports in the country through various incentives.

"The government will continue promoting various sporting activities through the formulation of relevant policies, the improvement of the necessary facilities, as well as the encouragement of the identification and tapping of available talents particularly amongst the youth," Awori said.

He encouraged institutions, particularly learning ones, to supplement the government's efforts by strictly observing co-curricular activities.

He also called for the establishment of youth sporting groups in all parts of the country, as a way of encouraging them to exploit their talents, and utilize their time free time properly.

Source: Xinhua

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