President Kenyatta, Sports CS Amina Mohamed Mourn Legendary Athlete Ben Jipcho

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Sports Cabinet Secretary (CS) Amb. Amina Mohamed have mourned the death of legendary Kenyan athlete Ben Jipcho, who passed away on Friday, 24t July while in hospital at Eldoret.

President Kenyatta condoled with the athletics fraternity, friends, and family of athlete Ben Jipcho, noting that he helped cement Kenya’s profile on the international stage as a top athletics nation.

” President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with the athletics fraternity, friends and family of legendary Kenyan athlete Ben Jipcho who passed away today at an Eldoret hospital. The President eulogised the 1972 Munich Olympics 3000m steeplechase silver medalist as a pioneer athlete who helped cement Kenya’s profile on the international stage as a top athletics nation,” read the statement from State House.

On her part, Sports Cabinet Secretary (CS) Amb. Amina Mohamed mourned the death of Jipcho, describing him as “one of Kenya’s most accomplished athletes”, who shone in the global sporting map.

“It is with profound sadness that I’ve learnt of the passing of legendary athlete Ben Jipcho this morning. Hero Jipcho will be celebrated as one of Kenya’s most accomplished athletes whose excellence put on the global sporting map as early as 1968 at the Mexico City Olympic Games” she said, commemorating how Jipcho’s start started shining while he was in high school.

“His athletic star started shining while still a student at Kaptole Pri Sch in Mt. Elgon and rose steadily to command the global limelight at the 1974 Commonwealth Games where he won Gold in the 5000m, 3000m Steeplechase and Bronze in the 1500m. Ben Jipcho will also be remembered for setting and holding Kenya‘s unbroken 3000m steeplechase Gold record at the 1973 World Games in Helsinki, Finland and at the All Africa Games in Lagos, Nigeria the same year At the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, Jipcho bagged Silver in his command discipline, 3000m steeplechase as he had done at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland” CS Amina said in the condolence message.

According to CS Amina, the country has lost a formidable sportsman who inspired Kenya’s Generation of athletes. She also revealed that the Ministry of Sports, Youths, and Culture will pay for his accrued medical bills and funeral expenses.

“Kenya has lost a formidable sportsman whose unrelenting pursuit of athletic excellence inspired Kenya’s generation of the greatest athletes on earth. The Ministry will support his family to offset the hospital bill and funeral expenses through the Veterans’ Support Scheme,” she stated.

 

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