President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends of former 400-metre hurdles World Champion Nicholas Bett, who died today in a road accident. In his message, President Kenyatta said he was deeply saddened by the death of the athlete who earned the country great honors in his outstanding victories in athletics. Deputy President William Ruto also said the passing on of Bett was tragic and a big loss to his family, friends, Kenya and the global athletics fraternity. He also said Bett was an affable, popular young man who was adored by his peers, and the country has lost a hero and a sporting great.
Business man Chris Kirubi also condoled saying Bett made Kenya proud and he will be missed by entire nation and the Athletics fraternity. The council of governors through its chair Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok also condoled with the family saying this is a sad day for Kenyans.
Bett returned to the country yesterday from the continental championships in Nigeria. He was part of Team Kenya that competed at the just concluded African Athletics Championships in Asaba. His name hit the international limelight when he won the 400m hurdles finals at the 15th International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing in 2015 to become the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in short distance races at the world arena. Bett died when he lost control of his vehicle after he hit a bump and landed in a ditch near Lessos along Eldoret Kapsabet road.