Javelin Champion Julius Yego appointed head of Africa at The Athletics Association

Kenya's Javelin Champion Julius Yego. [Photo courtesy]

Kenya’s javelin champion Julius Yego has landed a new role following his appointment as the head of Africa at The Athletics Association.

Athletics Association is an independent outfit that addressed the needs of athletes.

Yego described the appointment as a show of faith and promised to ensure that the welfare of athletes is always a priority.

“Am very much happy and humbled to have been elected board member of The Athletics Association, as African rep, thank you, everyone, who took part in this process I will strive to help all and sundry, for the rights of athletes voice,” he tweeted.

“We in #TheAthleticsAssociation look forward to championing for the Athletes rights and seek advice and also give advice where necessary to #WorldAthletics concerning the athletes’ issues,” added the Kenyan javelin champion.

Yego stunned many when he revealed that he mastered the art of throwing the javelin from YouTube where he watched veteran javelin champions play.

Several other officials from the world all over were also appointed to in various capacities in the association.

Among them is the two-time American Olympic jumper, Christian Taylor who was named the president of the association.

Following his appointment, Yego was congratulated by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K).

In a tweet, NOC-K said: “Congratulations on your selection as a board member representing African athletes. Today (Wednesday) marks the formal launch of The Athletics Association, an independent organization established for athletes.”