Former Olympic champion Wilfred Bungei’s three prolonged strategy as he eyes August house

Former Olympic champion Wilfred Bungei’s three prolonged strategy as he eyes August house
  • Olympian Wilfred Bungei will be vying for the Emgwen Constituency Parliamentary in the August national elections.
  • The runner turned motivational speaker has sharing life story and battle with with drugs.
  • He will joined the growing list of athletes including Chelangany MP Wesley Korir who have joined politics.
  • Bungei intends to fight against double taxation for athletes, professionalism in federations and fight against drug abuse

The alcoholic anonymous members Bungei will continue to fight for addicts

Former Olympic 800m Champion Wilfred Bungei has unveiled a three prolonged strategy that will guide his tenure should he get win the Emgwen Constituency Parliamentary seat in the coming national elections.

The retired athlete who was been very vocal since coming out publicly to announce his battle with alcoholism  over four years ago is contented he can fight for the  rights of athletes better from parliament.

Wilfed Bungei ,before retiring from active running.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics winner and team Kenya captain wants to introduce  a bill in parliament that can prevent athletes from double taxation, stream line sports federations I the country and continue to vouch against drug abuse

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  1. A bill against double taxation

Bungei believes athletes have been neglected in many fronts while instead the government and everyone else should be fighting for their course.

"We cannot win the war of (double) taxation on the street but with legislation. I will work tirelessly to ensure that bill passes for I know what that will mean to hard working athletes. I have been there so I truly know how it hurts,"

Wilfred Bungei

The runner had previously hinted he was going for an elective post in the body mandated to run athletics in the Country, Athletics Kenya (AK), but opted out since a position in parliament will give him a wider reach.

  1. Stream line sports bodies in the country

Despite the sports ministry trying to streamline the running of sports federations in the country, Bungei says little has been done to make the bodies professional as per the sports act 2013.

"Stories of federations being run like a personal property should be long gone. We might be working hard to send an individual home, but as long as there are no clear guidelines, the replacements will not be better off. I will fight for order in our bodies,"

Retired runner Bungei

After battling with Alcoholism, the retired runner has been speaking about the vice

  1. Continue with the fight against drug abuse

As an individual who lost many close friends and even his own life due to alcoholism, Bungei says his coming out has been the best decision. He has been travelling all over the world as a motivational speaker, sharing his life especial on the battle with the bottle.

"Drug abuse is a disease just like any other deadly ailment. We must not run away from it but educate others on the dangers of using drugs. I will continue being vocal even in parliament so that we save our current generation and the ones to comes,"


Bungei will join the ever bulging list of athlete’s current and former who are joining active politics, he might be joining marathoner Wesley Korir of Chelangany constituency in the August house should he succeed in the coming polls.

The 36-year-old, father of two, has never shied away from being an ‘AA’ member, Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

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