Sports CS Amina Mohamed and Deputy President William Ruto have mourned legendary Kenyan athlete Ben Jipcho.
The legendary athlete was admitted this week as the Sports CS promised to stand by the family to ensure that he receives the best medical care.
“I have just received news that Kenya’s legendary athlete Ben Jipcho is admitted in hospital. Jipcho is a pioneering Hero whose debut in international sport tilted the scale in the 1500m at the 1968 Summer Olympics to afford Kenya a chance to win Gold for the first time.
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We honour&value the immense courage&pride bestowed on us by Ben Jipcho & other athletic masters who have dedicated their lives to bringing glory to our country.We too honour him at this difficult time&will stand with him& his family to ensure he receives the best possible care.” Said CS Amina Mohamed.
His death has been received with sadness as the Sports fraternity promises to ensure that all expenses are carted for.
“Kenya has lost a formidable sportsman whose unrelenting pursuit of athletic excellence inspired Kenya’s generation of the greatest athletes on earth. The Ministry will support his family to offset the hospital bill and funeral expenses through the Veterans’ Support Scheme.” Said CS Amina Mohamed.
DP William Ruto also mourned the late athlete describing him as a humble and courageous athlete who made the country proud scoopin silver medals in 1970 and 1972.
“Our sincere condolences to the Jipchos, friends and the athletics fraternity. Rest In Peace.Jipcho was a humble, courageous and tireless star who won silver medals in the 3,000 metres steeplechase at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games and 3,000 metres steeplechase at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.” Said DP William Ruto.