From track to construction site: Virus misery for athletes - PHOTOS

Covid-19 pandemic racing against athletes: Clad in his training shoes, and a t-shit inside an overall garment, Andrew Kosgey, who runs road races mixes mortar at a construction site in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County to enable him put something on the table and pay rent on May 14, 2020. A group of upcoming athletes are doing manual jobs to fend for themselves and their families after all races were either cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Over 100 athletes benefitted from the supply in Kericho, Nandi, Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties
  • A town that used to see thousands of athletes training in various groups throughout the day has now been left with businessmen going on with their daily chores
  • Many upcoming athletes are now forced to look for manual jobs to make ends meet after their races were either cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic

Contrary to what some may think, not all Kenyan runners are millionaires.


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