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NAIROBI (July 16) - As the IAAF World Under 18 Championships was going on in Nairobi from July 12 to July 16, some other events were running concurrently.
But the most intense one which attracted many people from around the continent was the IAAF Media Development Programme, which was being run by Deputy Director for Media at the IAAF, Anna Legnani.
The MDP attracted top athletes, former and current, and participants heard of very exciting stories from former athletes like Nyantika Maiyoro, Wilson Kiprugut arap Chumo, Billy Konchellah and Julius Kariuki. Mary Moraa, crowned 400m silver medallist at these championships, also got the opportunity for a one-on-one with journalists.
Moderated by Nation Group Managing Editor for Sports, Elias Makori, the four-day programme took young enthusiastic journalists through how to get behind stories that make reporters relevant with their subjects, how to develop athletes and the social media element.
Benjamin Ouma, who coaches a group of young successful athletes at Ongata Rongai, was among resource persons who lectured the reporters on how to deal with young athletes and how to develop them. One of his athletes George Meitamei Manangoi just won the boys' 1,500m. His elder brother Elijah Manangoi, who is world silver medallist, is also from the same camp.
The seminar ended on Saturday afternoon and participants were awarded certificates and diplomas. Former Sports Editor of The Standard, Isaack Omulo Okoth, was awarded special certificate, being one of the pioneers of these seminars from 1998.