In Summary
  • Let’s remember to share with the less fortunate and bring them the Christmas cheer.
  • Kudos to Toby Tanser for constructing the Shoe4Africa Children's Hospital.
  • There’s no gainsaying the fact that proper planning is essential if we are to make a mark in Tokyo Olympics.
  • Sports Desk at Nation Media Group wishes you a Merry Christmas and a successful sporting year, 2019

Merry Christmas!

As we dig into the sumptuous holiday offerings, let it not be lost on us that, in a few days’ time, a fresh, high-adrenalin sporting season will launch.

And an extremely busy one at that.

To the active sportsmen and women, remember to: east slowly; exercise; handle alcohol carefully, or not at all (actually active sportspeople shouldn’t imbibe liquor); plan ahead; be mindful of what you eat and choose healthy alternatives.

Most importantly, let’s remember to share with the less fortunate and bring them the Christmas cheer.

That’s the little piece of advice I’d love to share as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ today and bring yet another, largely successful sporting year to an end.

Kudos to Toby Tanser and our elite athletes in the North Rift for bringing the traditional Christmas smiles to the faces of little ones at Eldoret’s Shoe4Africa Children's Hospital.
Would rather plunder
Over the years, Tanser, an American athlete-philanthropist, has flown into the North Rift and led in using sport to make lives better for the underprivileged, especially in the fields of education and healthcare.
From scratch, Tanser has raised funds to construct the Shoe4Africa Children's Hospital, the region’s biggest specialist children’s hospital.

A selfless example we should seek emulate as citizens of this beloved nation, especially the well-heeled national sports administrators who would rather plunder already scarce resources, than give back to society.

This is a season when some high performance athletes are tempted to let their guards down only to regret days into the new season as they struggle to shed off excess weight and get their form back.

Thankfully, Football Kenya Federation’s rescheduling of the football season means that the 2018-19 leagues are already underway with fixtures astride the holidays, implying that players must keep fit and resist the temptations of over-indulging during these holidays.

In fact, tomorrow, there are two Boxing Day fixtures on the cards with Gor Mahia - still mourning their ejection from the lucrative Caf Champions League – back down to earth with a date against Posta Rangers and Nzoia Sugar up against Kariobangi Sharks, another side jettisoned from continental action.

Next year will provide huge challenges, with Harambee Stars’ having qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations football finals for only the first time since 2004 when they lost in the preliminary rounds in Bizerte, Tunisia, under celebrated coach Jacob “Ghost” Mulee.

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