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August 19, 2018

Ngugi backs Coe’s bid for Olympics x- country

Kenya’s legendary cross country runner and Olympics champion, John Ngugi
Kenya’s legendary cross country runner and Olympics champion, John Ngugi
Kenya’s legendary cross country runner and Olympics champion, John Ngugi has supported calls by IAAF President Lord Seb Coe to include cross country running in future Olympics.
Ngugi, 56, won five world cross country titles in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1992. In between, he won Olympics 5,000m gold in 1988 in Seoul and a Commonwealth Games silver in 1990. Now running John Ngugi Foundation, a non-profit organisation identifying young athletics talent in schools and counselling them on how to utilise their talent, Ngugi was invited to Cross D’Italica in Sevilla and Elgoibar, also in Spain this month.
“I appreciate very much how they treated me in appreciation of my role in cross country running. I was with IAAF President Lord Seb Coe in Sevilla and we shared a lot of things in athletics and especially cross country running,” said Ngugi. “I particularly support his call for inclusion of cross country in future Olympics because cross country is the mother of athletics running,” he said.
“I am thrilled by the royal treatment I received in both venues and urge our own official as to recognise former athletes. This will spur interest in the sport,” he said.
“I am very proud of Lord Coe and his leadership of the IAAF. He needs the support and goodwill of the global athletics community. Our sport will return to the top with his leadership,” said Ngugi.
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