Julius Yego: Kenyan Javelin Star Seeks Financial Support From Public Ahead of Paris Olympics

Julius Yego: Kenyan Javelin Star Seeks Financial Support From Public Ahead of Paris Olympics

Robert Abong'o
April 13, 2024 at 1:15 PM
  • Julius Yego has appealed for financial support to fund his Olympic Games appearance
  • The former javelin champion and Olympic silver medalist is facing financial challenges
  • Yego seeks assistance from the public to cover expenses for upcoming competitions

2015 World Javelin champion, Julius Yego, has called for financial backing from the public as he endeavours to secure his fourth appearance at the Olympic Games, in Paris later this year.

Once a silver medalist at the Games, the Kenyan took to his social media handle on X to reach out to potential supporters, expressing his need for assistance in his journey back to the prestigious sporting event in France.

Battling through injuries that momentarily dimmed his star, Yego is determined to rise again and make his mark on the biggest stage.

Julius Yego of Team Kenya competes in the Men's Javelin Throw at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in  Budapest, Hungary. Photo: Hannah Peters.
Kenyan Javelin champion, Julius Yego, is seeking help from the public ahead of the Paris Olympics. Photo: Hannah Peters.
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In a statement shared on Wednesday, April 10, the Commonwealth Games gold medalist conveyed his plea for funding, detailing his financial struggles over the past seven years.

“I have been sponsoring myself since but uncertainties occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic and a series of injuries made it tough,” part of the statement read, as reported by Pulse Sports.

Popularly dubbed 'Mr YouTube,' Yego gained global recognition when he clinched a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

As reported by The Star, he is set to participate in the upcoming Kip Keino Classic on April 20, marking his third consecutive appearance at the event. He aims to redeem himself following his fifth-place finish last year, with the primary objective being to secure qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics - a required distance of 85.50m.

With a season's best throw of 81.74m achieved during the African Games in Accra, Ghana, last month, Yego is focused on surpassing the qualification mark. Should he fall short at the Kip Keino Classic, he intends to make another attempt at the Diamond League Meeting in Doha, Qatar.

Yego trained alone before Tokyo Olympics

Sports Brief reported that Yego disclosed that he was training alone before the Tokyo Olympics.

The postponed event was probably thought of as his last chance to win gold.

He shared a disheartening post on his social media in which he claimed he was training by himself without any professional help.

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