Olympic Star Rewarded With Top Lucrative Government Job

One of the medal-winning athletes for Kenya at the recently concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was awarded a government job on Wednesday, August 11.

High flier Ferguson Rotich, who won a silver medal in the 800 meters, was given a top government job by the county government of Kericho.

Kericho Governor Paul Chepakwany announced the appointment of Rotich to the role of goodwill ambassador for the fight against drugs and substance abuse in that county.

The 31-year-old athlete was appointed following a visit by Governor Chepakwani following his great achievements at the Olympic Games, where Kenya topped the medal tally in Africa with 8 medals (3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze).

The middle-distance runner clocked a personal best time of 1:42.54 minutes to represent the country at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics and was a gold medalist in the 4×800 meters relay at the 2014 IAAF Worlds.

Kericho County wrote on its social media page, “2020 Tokyo Olympics 800m silver medalist, Ferguson Rotich appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the fight against drugs and substance abuse in Kericho County. Governor Paul Chepaquini in his office today Appointed after receiving the athlete.” .

His appointment comes as Kenyans continue to question the reception of other athletes who descended on the country on Wednesday, August 11.

The Ministry of Sports and Culture was reprimanded for failing to provide proper reception to the athletes despite recording an impressive performance.

The uproar had erupted after Olympic marathoner and world record holder, Eliud Kipchoge, arrived in the country, which was only received at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) by family members and friends.

This was different from Uganda where government officials, family members, officials from various sports federations and federations all waited to receive their heroes and heroines.

The athletes were also hosted at the luncheon by Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

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