April 14, 2024

Kericho Stadium renamed in honour of Kiprugut Chumo

Kericho Stadium renamed in honour of Kiprugut Chumo
Photo of military parade during national Mashujaa day celebrations held at the stadium

Wilson Kiprugut Chumo was the first African to win an Olympic medal after scooping bronze in 800m in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

The Kericho Green Stadium has been renamed after the late legendary middle distance runner Wilson Kiprugut Chumo.

The facility was reopened on Friday after undergoing a face-lift and subsequently hosting the Mashujaa Day celebrations where President William Ruto delivered the news of change of name.

Chumo who passed on in November last year was the first African to win an Olympic medal after scooping bronze in 800m in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

The facility had proven a beehive of activity as local athletes used to train therein thanks to the tartan track laid five years ago.

However, as part of giving it a fresh look, the tattered track was plucked out with a new one set to be installed, giving the thousands of athletes from the region that boasts of churning out world beaters renewed hope.

The stadium that was renovated by the personnel drawn from the Kenya Defence Forces has previously hosted Kenyan Premier League, National Super League, FKF Division One and 2 matches.

 

At hand to taste the new surface were AFC Leopards and Zoo FC who locked horns in a friendly match to cap the celebrations.

Playing in front of thousands of home fans, Zoo who are domiciled in the third tier capitalized on home advantage to beat the limping Leopards 2-1.

Although Leopards fielded players largely drawn from their youth side, the result certainly doesn't reflect well on the management and the technical bench given that the team is yet to win a game six rounds into the new season.

Leopards sole goal was scored by Victor Omune who has been missing out of league action due to a knee injury.