News Categories: Sports,Youth Affairs and Arts

12 Mar
By: Evans Kipchumba 0 1


The County of Nandi is unchallenged for being the source of World Champions in athletics such track
and field athletics, it boasts of numerous World Champions , who have conquered the world ,
800M world champions who hails from the little village Kabirsang; Wilfred Bungei, Janet Kosgei ,
Pamela Jelimo , Eliud Kipchoge ; (World Marathoner to date) Robert Cheruiyot ( four time Boston
Marathon ), Martin Lel ( London Marathon Champion) among others.
One of the Governor Stephen Sang Manifesto was to have a hall of Fame for Legendary Athletes to
be establish and through this , it promotes Tourism in Nandi County.
Nandi County plays a host to couple of athletic competition and events that attract regional ,
national and international visitors who travel to participate or spectate. These events can be used
as an opportunity to Market and Promote Nandi as a Tourist Destination by partnering with Event
organizers to promote the various attraction sites in the County.

Diversification in sports is more than just participating in the Marathon to win and to get
Financial rewards , it’s also a unique Tourism product. We have unique products and drinks i.e.
famous ‘’ Mursik’’ , most foreigners admire to come and drink thinking it gives the athletes
energy to run.
The unique terrain, environment and the hospitality of the Nandi people will make most visitors
admire and stay longer in Nandi.

We have Nike Camps i.e Rosa Camp where most Marathoners are
produced and it hosts local and international athletes.
Department of Tourism, Culture and Social Welfare aims at partnering with host camps so as to
promote their uniqueness of sports industry.
CEC Mr. Taiy said ”Sports Tourism places Nandi County Globally and as a Department we will
continue celebrating our Athletes’’.
CO Tourism Beatrice Jemurgor  Said ”The unique serene environment in Nandi really promotes
athletes to conquer the World’’.
‘’Nandi is the place to be’’.

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10 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 0


Bornes Chepkirui Kitur emerged third in 21Km Women’s race at the fourth edition of First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero Half Marathon that took place in Nairobi on Sunday morning.

The Women’s category saw Brillian Kipkoech cut the tape in 1:07:02 floor Evelyn Chirchir was second 1:07:03 as Nandi’s Bornes Kitur completed the podium in 1:07:23.

Bornes is the women’s Prague Marathon and the 2017 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon champion.

Emmanuel Bor was position 8 in the men’s 21Km race, Eric Kiptoo position 12.

Among those who took part in the races were First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge and Sports CS Amina Mohamed.

The first three finishers in the half marathon races took home Sh250,000, Sh125,000 and Sh75,000 respectively, while the top three finishers in the 10km were rewarded with Sh100,000, Sh60,000 and Sh40,000 respectively.

The event was attended by prominent personalities among them President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President Dr. William Ruto, Sports CS Amina Mohamed, CS Monica Juna, CAS Ababu Namwamba, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Besalegn, Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, County First Ladies and Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge.

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09 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 0


Beyond Zero Coordinator Angela Lang’at on Saturday at the Nyayo National Stadium Nairobi, received Kshs 200,000 from the County Government of Nandi in support of this year’s Beyond Zero Marathon.

This year’s marathon will be held on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi County.

The cheque was handed over to the Beyond Zero team in the presence of Athletics Kenya President Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei by the County CEC for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech together with the Chief Officer for Sports Kennedy Tanui and the Chief of Staff Priscilla Rono.

While presenting the donation, the CEC for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech commended the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for her passionate effort and desire to make a difference in people’s lives.

On her part, Angela Lang’at said the Beyond Zero healthcare initiatives have had a huge impact on health delivery to vulnerable populations especially in hard to reach parts of Kenya.

“The Beyond Zero impact on the ground is truly amazing and you can see it,” said Angela.

This year’s event is special, especially to people living with disability as they are fully catered for.

The event will for the first time act as a Paralympics qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Through the Department of Sports, Youth Affairs and Arts, the County Government of Nandi sponsored 20 athletes for the event, noted Kennedy Tanui the Sports Chief Officer.

Since inception in January 2014, Beyond Zero continues to play a key role in the elimination of preventable maternal and early childhood deaths as outlined in the Beyond Zero Campaign.

The success of Beyond Zero is well demonstrated by the progressive improvement in key maternal health indicators as well as HIV prevention and management especially in Nandi County. There has also been an increase in stakeholder participation and goodwill, all necessary for a healthy population.

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03 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 2


Defending champions Saniak Boys High School on Sunday retained their Handball crown as the Nandi County Secondary Schools Term One Games came to a close at Mosoriot Teachers Training College.

Saniak defeated their bitter rivals Samoei Boys High School in a fiercely contested final encounter.

Saniak Boys receiving their trophy

During Sunday’s mouth watering final clash, Saniak Boys, who are also the regional kings, took an early lead drilling home 23 against 16 for Samoei Boys.

In girls category, St. Francis Chepterit Girls triumphed.

In boys’ rugby 15s finals, Kapsabet Boys High School retained their title after they defeated Tindiret Boys Secondary School in a fiercely contested final encounter.

In rugby 7s, Meteitei were announced the champions.

In girls’ hockey, St. Marys Girls Tach Asis were crowned new winners.

Laboret Boys Secondary School retained the boys’ title.

In basketball, Kapsabet Boys and Cheptil Girls were crowned champions in boys and girls categories respectively.

The competition was being used to select schools that will represent Nandi County at the Rift Valley Region Secondary Schools Term One Games that will be held from 11 – 15 March 2019 at Tambach High School in Elgeiyo Marakwat County.

The occasion was graced by the County Chief Officer for Sports Kennedy Tanui, Kenya Secondary School Heads Association(KSSHA) and Kenya Primary School Heads Association(KPSHA) representatives, Knut and KUPPET representatives, County Director of Sports Daniel Sitienei, Acting Director Youth Affairs Caroline Kilach and a number of staff from the county department of Sports, Youth Affairs and Arts.

The Sports Chief Officer who also on behalf of the county supported the games by donating Trophies, Certificates and refreshments appreciated the good foundation that the teachers and the parents are building for the boys and girls. Further, he challenged the current form fours, the other classes and schools in the county to work hard for the betterment of the county as Knowledge is power, information is liberating, education is the foundation of progress in every society and family.

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27 Feb
By: Edward Sanga 0 0


The National Cross Country Championship was held on Saturday, February 23 at the Eldoret Sports Club in Uasin Gishu County.

The scenes witnessed on Saturday were reminiscent of the 2016 Rio Olympics trials held at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium where also fans thronged the stadium to its capacity.

The Championships was meant to select the Kenyan team for the World Cross Championship slated for March 30 in Aarhus, Denmark.

That was the first ever national championships to be held outside Nairobi and Eldoret town which is backyard to many athletes in the country. As predicted many fans thronged the Eldoret Sports Club facility to the brim.

Nandi County’s Olympic and World 3,000m steeplechase champion Conselsus Kipruto, World 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi will also be making his maiden appearance in Denmark after making the team of mixed relays.

World 3,000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech also from Nandi will be joining the Kenyan team. This shows how seriously athletes take Cross Country competition.

The power of sports is beyond the medals earned by athletes as it brings together people from different parts of the country not forgetting foreigners who show up.

Aside from the multitude of the athletics fanatics the championships also brought six governors led by host Jackson Mandago, Elgeyo Marakwet boss Alex Tolgos, Paul Chepkwony (Kericho), Josephat Nanok (Turkana) Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), Stephen Sang (Nandi) and Patrick Khaemba of Trans Nzoia County.

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12 Feb
By: Edward Sanga 0 0


A team from Nandi county participated in the cross country trials and relays held in Baringo county. Uasin Gishu County also took part in the event which brought together the junior and the senior category runners in 6 and 10 km respectively.


The cross country drew participants from the three counties who had had been training in readiness for the competition.

The trials saw a team of six best performing athletes picked to proceed to the national cross country championships slated for late February in Eldoret.

Nandi County, being the source of champions put up and impressive performance by emerging the second in the overall performances while Uasin Gishu on the other hand came third.

Rodgers Kwemoi from Uasin Gishu emerged the best in the 10 km race while Qualine Kiprop from Baringo County bounced away with the female category title. In the junior category, GideonRono and Lydia Jeruto both from BaringoCounty won the titles.

The source of champions however managed to produce a majority of athletes who qualified for the national championships with a whooping Ten out of the twenty four athletes who will carry the north rift region flag at the national championships.




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17 Jan
By: Remmy Butia 0 3


The first phase on the new Eliud Kipchoge training camp at a cost of 100 million is near completion. The construction began last year and is scheduled for full occupancy in the next four months.

The facility will be adequately equipped with the latest advances that the field of sports has to offer.

Some of the attractions include an in-house physician evaluation rooms, changing rooms and offices. There will also be a 200 capacity bed hostel,a board room and a gym.

Earlier today, Sports, Youth affairs and Arts CEC Elly Kurgat and his Roads and Infrastructure counterpart Eng. Hillary Koech together with officials from the public works visited the facility to inspect on the progress made by the contractor.

Eng. Koech commended the quality of work done so far. He urged the contractor to speed up the remaining work and complete it on time.

Sports county executive committee member Elly Kurgat said that the county government will intervene to improve other training grounds so as to nurture more sports talents.

He said this will go a long way in giving the youths an opportunity to showcase their talents.

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09 Jan
By: Phoebe Jeruto 1 2


The county has received the first lot of interns following the 400 internship opportunities advertised in September 2018.

The internship program is rolled out by the County in fulfillment of one of Tuga Tai’s manifesto agenda “to give the youths an opportunity to practice and sharpen their skills as well as getting relevant experience in their fields of specialization through internship program”.

Interns following proceedings during an induction program organized by the county Government. The first batch of 200 interns reported yesterday.

The internship program will be rolled out in two (2) phases each year and will cover six months.

During the application process that was done online, the County Public Service Board received 3558 applications and managed to shortlist 400 applicants for the available opportunities.

These 400 applicants have therefore been divided into two groups of 200 applicants and each group taking six (6) months internship period.

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At the end of six months ending in June 2019, the first set exits to give room for the next new set which will run from July to December 2019. Thereafter the internships are once again advertised for the year 2020.

The first group reported today and went through an induction session organized by the Chief officer in charge of Public Service,Ms. Grace Sugut in a meeting held at the municipal hall.

The induction process was also attended by Chief Officers and County Directors.

The CECM for Administration, Public Service and e-Government -Ms Teresa Morogo, who chaired the meeting, emphasized on the County’s great determination in creating more opportunities for the youths to get exposed in the work environment and get experience in their career path.

The interns will report to their various work stations from tomorrow.

Tuga Tai

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19 Dec
By: Cornelius Kipkoech 0 1


Nandi County teams dominated the second day of the Ongoing Kenya Intercounty Sports Association Competitions held in the Cristened Source of Champions.
The Competitions which brings together Youth under the age of 25 years is being played in various fields across the County.
The Annual competitions has attracted a number of Counties which are battling it out in Volleyball, Basketball and football competitions.
In football male category, Nandi county team maintained the lead in Group A after holding a strong Busia County team to a 0-0 draw in a bruising match that was played at Kapsabet Boys playground on Tuesday afternoon.
In Volleyball female category, the formidable Nandi county team mercilessly trounced Kirinyaga County by sweeping all the first 3 sets to nil in the match that were held at Kapsabet Showground.
The Male Volleyball category also earned Nandi County the lead after the young Champions crushed Nyandarua County 3-1 sets where Kirinyaga won the last set which came as a solace after the hysteric defeat they had suffered in the first 3 sets.
In Basket ball male category, Nandi run over their Siaya Counterparts after garnering a whooping 44 to 18 points.
Nakuru County also crushed Makueni with 37 against Makueni’s 28 point while Kisumu beat Bungoma 31points against 25 points respectively.
In Basketball Women category saw the hosts Nandi County humiliating Siaya County with 33 points to 11 while
Makueni losing to Bungoma with 25-34
Siaya later suffered another defeat after Kisumu County handed them a thorough beating of 27-42 points.
At the Nandi hills stadium, Turkana County Football team won their first match in the 5th edition after scoring 7-1 against Trans Nzoia County while Garissa County scored 2-1 against UasinGishu County.
Bungoma later held Garissa to a 0-0 draw in a late evening match that saw Garissa remain on top of Pool C of the Competitions.

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18 Dec
By: Luiz Kipkoech Patrick 0 1


The Kenya Youths Inter-County Sports Association tournament entered its second day with hosts Nandi continuing its dominance in the event.

Nandi volleyball men picked their second win to stay top of their pool by beating Nyandarua 3 sets to 1. (23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21)

The women’s volleyball team picked their first win when they hammered struggling Kirinyaga side by 3 straight sets to nil.

In the football category, Nandi played to a barren draw sharing the spoils with a stubborn Busia side to stay top of Pool A with 4 points from two games.

In other fixtures of the day, Garrissa defeated Uasin Gishu 2-1 while Turkana trashed Trans Nzoia 7 -1 in the men’s football.

Nandi also registered wins in Basketball matches. The men’s basketball team beat Siaya 44-18 while the women’s team beat Busia 30-11.

The games continues tomorrow with last group matches being played.

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