The Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions | “KETTISO NATIONAL ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS KEY TO IDENTIFYING TALENT”, SAYS MAGUA
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“KETTISO NATIONAL ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS KEY TO IDENTIFYING TALENT”, SAYS MAGUA

05 May “KETTISO NATIONAL ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS KEY TO IDENTIFYING TALENT”, SAYS MAGUA

The Technical Training Institutes Sports Organization (KETTISO) held the 2016 edition of National Athletics Championships for colleges from 28th to 30th March in Nakuru County.
The event hosted by Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology {RVIST} at its sports complex in Nakuru saw thirty nine (39) technical institutions fight it out in both track and field events. Several previous records of the championships were broken. Speaking during the event, KETTISO chairman Fredrick Magua hailed the tournament as a good platform for youths to socialize, identify and nurture their talents.
Magua who is also the Principal Nairobi Technical Training Institute, expressed joy that this year’s edition had attracted teams from an additional 13 institutions of which several of them are new. Among the new participants was Godoma Technical Training Institute from Kilifi County which was awarded a certificate and a trophy as the championships came to a close. Magua urged institutions that failed to send their teams to ensure they do so next year.

“We are delighted to have 39 technical training institutes across Kenya’s 47 counties compete in this year’s tournament”, said Magua.
“With the rising number of technical training institutions in the country, KETTISO organizers will in the near future be looking at setting up mini sporting clinics at county level to further engage the youth in the sporting activities,” Magua continued.

He indicated that KETTISO shall be nominating winning athletes in various racing categories for trials in the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil later this year. Participants competed for various prizes and managed to showcase their talents to domestic and foreign coaches scouting to groom and nurture them for international events in future. Asked about doping and what KETTISO is doing to ensure that student athletes are not lured to engage in it; Eddy Koimet principal Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology said that institutions have constantly reminded and sensitized students on the dangers of this practice.

“Sensitization is key in the anti-doping campaign, but in future, we shall be carrying out drug tests though doping hasn’t been an issue in our institutions”, he added. Among teams contesting were three institutes for the physically challenged Karen Institute for the deaf, St Joseph Nyangoma and Sikri. Winners in this category were feted and cheered for their exemplary performance.

The Principal Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology Eddy Koimet was elated after his team emerged the overall winner of the championships. He couldn’t hide his joy.
“This trophy has slipped from our hands so many times. Today is a great day and we are excited about it. We have emerged the top team and have taken the men trophy too”, he added. Kaiboi Technical Training Institute was second overall while Keroka and Mawego technical took third and fourth position respectively. With cerebrations reining the air, Koimet and Koech; being principals of the winning teams {RVIST and Kaiboi respectively} were swept off the ground and tossed in the air by their students as they celebrated for their victory. Keroka TTI produced the best team for women during the event.
Among institutions for physically challenged, Karen Technical Training Institute for the blind emerged top after bagging both women and male category events.

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