Olympic javelin silver medalist Julius Yego has thrown in the towel, resigned as Team Kenya captain ahead of the beckoning summer games in Tokyo, Japan.
The 32-year-old athlete broke the news through a social media post on Monday, July 5 with reports revealing his fall out with Athletics Kenya on various issues among them lack of access to a trainer as the core reason.
The 2015 World Championship gold medalist also pointed out unfavorable preparation environment as another reason he could not possess the national team’s arm band anymore.
Sharing his disappointment to the expectant fans, “Mr. YouTube” revealed that he will remain an active team member with fellow athlete Eunice Sum assuming the captaincy as the Tokyo showdown looms.
“Hello my fans, I want to take the opportunity to say I will disappoint you and renounce my captaincy for Team Kenya to Tokyo as the environment for me to be the captain isn’t favourable for me to lead this team.
“I am sorry also to disappoint them for not being able to continue to lead after they chose me initially but I’m sure they know why I have decided this.
“I will remain an active member of the team and will help where need be.
“We will choose a new captain in due course but Eunice Sum will lead us until we elect a new captain .
In a quick rejoinder, Kenya’s Tokyo Olympics General Manager Barnaba Korir described Yego’s decision as mere activism without facts, this is after the star failed compliance test in readiness for Tokyo Olympics.
“Every athlete heading to Tokyo was expected to provide names of their officials but he didn’t give details of his coach for Covid-19 testing protocols to enable him to join the bubble camp. Sadly, Yego had resorted to activism without facts,” Korir is quoted by The Standard.
“The same people he is accusing are the ones who ensured he got the KSh400,000 IOC funding to train in South Africa in preparation for the Olympic Games but he didn’t travel.
“The government was also ready to match the IOC funding for the athlete to prepare well for the Olympics.”
Meanwhile, Kenya is among favorite nations to steal the show in Tokyo this month with a star – studded lineup.
The rescheduled games will commence on July 23rd to 8th August in the Asian nation.