Athletes who have had to agonizingly endure layoffs that come as a result of long-term injuries can now train with ease even as talks to establish a state-of-the-art Sports Medicine Centre get underway.

The County Government of Uasin Gishu is in talks with the French Government regarding setting up a modern medicine Centre, a first in the country.

The Centre will come in handy in resolving injuries that sportspersons have been picking and consequently sending them on years of layoff.The facility is touted to provide crucial amenities to the sportsmen and women in the region.

The officials led by Mathieu Guerin, the Attaché for Science and Higher Education, Deputy Head of Cooperation at the French Embassy in Kenya, paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Governor Engineer John Barorot to discuss the partnership for the establishment of a Sports Medicine Center.

This is a good engagement that seeks to assist our budding athletes and other sports persons in safeguarding their welfare and health,” said Eng. Barorot.

According to Guerin, France is keen on uplifting the health status of the sportsperson and is ready to establish and equip the centre. He says the facility is crucial for preparations for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

“We are also gearing up for the Paris 2024 Olympics and it is important to note that the proposed medical centre will be beneficial to the teams who continue to train hard while looking up to stardom,” he added.

The DG noted that Uasin Gishu is a sports hub where talent is nurtured and the presence of a medical facility dedicated to them will provide a solution to the numerous challenges they have been facing while seeking treatment for injuries faced while competing or training.

Sports County Executive Committee Member (CECM), Eng. Lucy Njoroge said there is a need for the sportsperson to be given the intended medical attention to prevent them from further complications.

Our hope is to have the center domiciled at the stadium or at a given facility so that our athletes can be assisted on wellness through counselling, nutrition and setting up a rehabilitation center,” she said.

World 800 metres record holder David Rudisha, is among many world-beating athletes who have had to stay out of active competitions after picking injuries while training. The double Olympic champion has been battling knee and back injuries for about three years now.

County Executive for Health, Dr. Sam Kotut, observed that besides enhancing their wellness, there is a need to educate them on financial management.

The sports person requires urgent interventions on how to utilize their resources even as we work towards ensuring that they get specialized treatment medically, this” he noted.

In attendance were Dr. Victor Bargoria Orthopedic surgeon head of health and science, Athletics Kenya, Stephane Bermon, Director Health and Science World Athletics, Marie Piere Ballarin Vice President for International Relations University Cote D’azur and Foreign Affairs Representative Caroline Gakenia, Gerald Lwande Research Scientist and Dr. Evans Kiprotich, the Director for Medical Services.

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