Legendary athlete Paul Tergat is hoping to get a team that will work with him towards successfully handling the pressure that will come with the Commonwealth Games early next year if elected National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) chairman. .
Tergat admitted that time is running out and they will no doubt need to work under pressure to catch up with the requirements of the Commonwealth Games set for April next year.
He said a lot of time has already been wasted on controversies surrounding Nock polls and hopes the exercise set for September 29 will this time round come to fruition.
“It’s been a long wait for the Nock elections and we need to settle down and work for the main stakeholders who are the athletes. As I said early, Nock is big for all of us and we need to work as a team whether one is in leadership or not,” he added.
The former world marathon record holder said as far as he is concerned the Commonwealth Games are key and they been to roll off their sleeves and work for the athletes.
Speaking from Lima, Peru, where he is attending International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tergat said other countries are far ahead in as far as the preparation of the Commonwealth Games are concerned and Kenyan can still catch up with a little bit of commitment.
He said the fact that athletes have been busy should not be misconstrued to mean that the country i8s ready. “We need to look beyond athletics and revive other disciplines. We cannot be relying on a single discipline every year; other sports need to come up too,” he noted.
He said one of his missions during the Peru meeting was to cultivate good working relationship with world body, IOC and re-assure the rest of the world that Kenya is still a sports powerhouse.
He said if elected, his first mission will be to end wrangles within the sporting federation. “ I want us to focus on sports and not wrangles. I would like work out a strategy that will see Kenya being represented with a strong team across all disciplines at Tokyo2020 Olympics,” he added.
He once again reiterated his early call to aspiring Nock candidates to exercise sportsmanship and compete in a friendlier environment. “This is not a matter of life and death because after the polls, we will still need each other in the sports arena,” he added.