- Julius Yego’s resignation came days after he fell out with Athletics Kenya management over lack of a professional coach to prepare him for the Tokyo Olympics
- Yego lamented he had been forced to train by himself as he plots for the gold medal during the postponed Summer Games
- Eunice Sum, who has been his deputy is now set to take over charge of the team albeit in an acting capacity
- Reacting to Yego’s resignation, athletics team manager Benjamin Njoga accused the World javelin star of indiscipline
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Javelin star Julius Yego has announced he will not be leading Team Kenya Olympics athletes as captain.
Yego, who won a silver medal during the Rio Olympics took to social media to renounce his captaincy, citing lack of support in his preparations for the Tokyo Summer Games.
In a Facebook post shared on his official page on Monday, July 5, Yego claimed the environment was not conducive for him to lead the athletics team.
“Hello my fans, I want to take (this) opportunity to say I will disappoint you and renounce my captaincy for Team Kenya to Tokyo. The environment for me to be the captain isn’t favourable for me to lead this team,” Yego posted
“I am sorry also to disappoint them (Team Kenya teammates) for not being able to continue to lead after they chose me initially but they know why I have made this decision,” he added.
His resignation came only days after he complained of lacking support during his preparations for the postponed games.
However, athletics team manager Benjamin Njoga reads malice in Yego’s decision to quit as skipper, accusing the 2015 World javelin champion of indiscipline.
“He is dishonest and his claims are baseless and unfounded,” Nation Sport quoted Njoga saying.
“We have established channels that Yego knows, hence it’s the height of indiscipline to resign on social media when it’s the athletes who elected him,” he continued.
Njoga went on to divulge Eunice Sum, who has been Yego’s deputy will be taking over as the team’s captain in an interim capacity.
Yego training alone
Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported Yego is not feeling too optimistic ahead of the Tokyo Olympics as he revealed on Friday, July 3, that he has been forced to train by himself.
The postponed Tokyo Olympics will probably be Yego’s last chance to win gold since by the time the next Olympics hit Paris in 2024, he will be 35.
Ahead of the spectacle, Yego shared a disheartening post on his social media where he claimed he was training by himself, without any professional.
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