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Three Kenyan athletes, identified as Stella Ruto (26), and Delvine Meringor (29) and Joan Chelimo (31), have late this week changed their citizenship from Kenya to Romania. The three athletes cite their growing desire to get more opportunities at the global stage such as the Olympics and World Championships as their main motive for seeking the foreign citizenship.
Interestingly, many Kenyans have so far congratulated and shown their support to the trio’s decision to switch allegiance from Kenya to Romania. A section of the population have reflected that in Kenya athletes are taxed for winning a medal while in foreign countries athletes are awarded lump sum amounts for being victorious.
Some have hilariously shared their interest to change their citizenship once an opportunity opens up. For example, a number of Kenyans asking “How can I join? Please help.” Others have also stated that all athletes should follow similar route, as being a patriot does not pay but brings more challenges and limited opportunities for personal development.
All in all, we wish the three athletes all the best I their future endeavors.
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