Kenyan-born talent Winfred Yavi has disclosed why she represents Bahrain in the Athletics Steeplechase events rather than Kenya.
Speaking with Mungai Eve Media, Yavi admitted to having tried tooth and nail to represent the nation to no avail.
The reigning 3000 Steeplechase champion had tried numerous times, but making team Kenya was a tall order.
The only time she came close was in 2016, during the Youth Games trials. She finished third but only two athletes were selected. Bahrain came on the way, and she couldn’t reject the offer.
“The competition was stiff and in Kenya, we always have a lot of athletes. Usually, only two athletes are selected for the major events. I was ready to represent Team Kenya but I always missed out most of the time.
I remember in 2016 when I missed out…it pained me a lot. I had done my training very well and I was hopeful of a better outcome, but the results did not come. That’s how I got the chance to run for Bahrain,” she said.