Due to the bedrock of talented athletes in middle-distance running in Kenya, nations from all walks of life normally tend to lure Kenyan athletes to switch allegiance for hefty cash.

A good example is the 3000-meter Steeplechase World Champion, Winfred Yavi, who is a Kenyan- trains and lives in Kenya, but when it comes to the global championships representation she represents Bahrain.

Having clinched gold in the recently concluded World Championships she is set to receive over sixty million Kenyan Shillings. The World Athletics will gift her 10 million while Bahrain will award her a hefty prize of 53 million Kenyan shillings.

The question is, how can Kenya stop this “theft” of talents by other rich nations?


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