Kenya: Noc-K Boss Tergat Appointed Olympic Refugee Foundation Board Member

Nairobi — Paul Tergat, the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) boss has been appointed as a Board Member of the Olympic Refugee Foundation for a period of four years.

In statement from Lausanne, the Foundation Board reaffirmed its commitment to leveraging sport to protect and support young people affected by displacement worldwide.

Tergat, who is also an International Olympic Committee of Kenya (IOC) Member, hailed the appointment as another positive step for Kenya whose athletes continue to market Kenya all over the world.

“I am humbled by this distinct honour to appoint me to the Board of the Olympic Refugee Foundation to join other eminent members and to add my voice, experience and passion to enable this program scale up and attain its noble goals,” Tergat, Kenya’s athletics legend remarked.

Having served as a goodwill Ambassador against Hunger for WFP, Tergat understands the plight of displaced persons and the devastation that come with it.

Kenya is currently one of the hosts of the Refugee Olympic Team with 18 IOC refugee scholarship holders currently training in Ngong, Kenya.

They are part of the 55-refugee athlete scholarship-holders worldwide, vying to be part of the Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020, whose Chef de Mission is Kenyan, Tegla Loroupe.

The strategic four-year plan of the Olympic Refuge Foundation will allow them to continue and expand its activities to effect change in three areas:

– Access: Support and shape 20 programmes engaging young people affected by displacement that respond to local needs; Create a Master Trainers network to develop a capacity of 2,000+ coaches.

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