The country is mourning the loss of yet another prominent figure in Stephen Thega whose demise has been sudden following a short illness and will be remembered for making his name in the boxing ring with his punching prowess unmatched during his heydays.
Thega who gold for Kenya in the 1968 and the 1972 championships in Lusaka and Nairobi respectively fell sick and was rushed to the Kenyatta National Hospital on Sunday where he was receiving treatment.
It is the second time that Thega had been rushed to the medical facility after he had earlier on developed breathing complications before he was discharged and was recuperating at home when he again fell sick.
Former Athletics international Rose Tata Muya who currently works in the Ministry of Sports Hero's and Heroines as a coordinator disclosed that boxers and officials had jointly contributed to offset the medical bill for the deceased.
The boxer's death happens at a time when the government is under intense pressure from the members of the public who want the state to ensure that the retired athletes are well catered for especially those who placed the country on the international stage.
Experts have also challenged the government to establish a scheme that could help athletes cope with psychological issues they face when they finally call it quits.
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