Kenya announces cash rewards for medal winners in Beijing

July 29th, 2008 - 3:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Nairobi, July 29 (Xinhua) The Kenyan government has announced cash rewards for its medal winners in the forthcoming Beijing Olympic Games next month. President Mwai Kibaki said gold medallists will earn 750,000 shillings (about $11,000) while silver and bronze medallists will get 500,000 shillings ($7,500) and 250,000 shillings ($3,700) respectively.

When he handed over the national flag to the Olympic team Monday, Kibaki also announced a long-term programme to revamp the sports industry to provide lucrative career opportunities to the athletes in the country.

He revealed that plans to establish an International Sports Academy as a flagship project under the Vision 2030 were underway in order to prepare athletes to cope with the ever-increasing demand for excellence and offer specialised training to the local athletes.

Commending the team members for their individual painstaking effort to earn a slot in the hotly contested national qualifying events, President Kibaki urged the team to remain focussed during the entire competition period.

“The Olympic Games have evolved into one of the most highly recognised sports events globally. As you travel to Beijing to compete in the games, I urge you to bear in mind that you are participating at the very top of sports achievement,” Kibaki noted.

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