The Commonwealth Games’ Queen’s Baton Relay spent its second day in Iten and Eldoret during its its 388 day, 200k mile journey to the Gold Coast.
Speaking while handing over the Queen’s Relay baton to Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago, National Olympic Committee of Kenya president, Kipchoge Keino said the baton could motivate the athletes currently training for the competition.
Kenya was ranked 9th in the previous Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with 25 medals (10 gold, 10 silver, 5 bronze) while England topped the medals table with 174 medals.
“We are very happy the Queen’s baton has come to Eldoret where we have most of the country’s top athletes.
“This is a morale booster and we are looking forward to good performance.” – Kipchoge Keino
County Governor Mandago praised the Commonwealth Games for enhancing international cohesion through sports.
Since their first Commonwealth Games in 1954, Kenya have won 220 medals in total, including 81 gold. Also, the country’s athletes hold eight Commonwealth records. All are in long-distance running events and with this in mind, Kipchoge urged Kenyans to diversify and take up other disciplines instead if relying on athletics.
“We are capable of fielding athletes in various disciplines at the games but we have to work on it,” he said.
Following its time in Kenya, the baton has now moved onto Tanzania for the next leg in it’s journey.