World hurdles champion Nicholas Bett has been laid to rest today in his home in Simat, Uasin Gishu county. Bett died in a road accident along the Cengalo-Lessos-Kapsabet road as he travelled home after arriving from Nigeria where he represented the country at the 21st African Athletics Championships.
Bett at the time of his death was driving a Toyota Prado that lost control after hitting a bump killing him instantly.
Bett represented the country in the 400 m race was a police corporal attached at the Kondele police station in Kisumu County. Activities in Eldoret town were brought to a standstill as the athlete’s remains were being ferried to his rural home from Eldoret Hospital mortuary.
Deputy President William Ruto among other leaders attended the event.
The Uasin Gishu county government under the leadership of Governor Jackson Mandago promised to chip in to ensure that Bett is given a heroic sendoff.
‘The sudden death of the athlete is a big shock to the entire athletics fraternity and I know he has left a big gap. The county government of Uasin Gishu will chip in during the preparations so that the athlete may be given the best send-off since he was a star in the athletics fraternity,” said the Governor.
The athletics fraternity will also be present to pay their last respects to one of their own including Athletics Kenya officials.