Sperm donation;lucrative business Kenyan athletes haven’t discovered
Kenyan runners have dominated athletic events across the world. So much so that one would be forgiven for claiming athletes from other countries waste time showing up at major events where their Kenyan counterparts participate.
Kenyan athletes have remained unbeatable in every competition for decades. They have shone at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, save for the occasional Ethiopian who spoils the party.
The climatic conditions in different countries where the races are held no longer matter to Kenyan runners, even in marathons. And that is what happened in Bahamas last week when Kenyans clinched several gold medals in the inaugural World Relays. There, Kenya totally annihilated their opponents and scooped prized medals.
Now, since there has been no strong opposition for Kenyans in the sport in the last 50 years, don’t you think it is time we started spreading our genes to other countries as well. It is evident that there are some countries, which want to produce top runners like Kenya, but they do not know how to go about it.
This is the reason some of them, especially those in Asia and Middle-East often lure our athletes to change citizenship by offering them millions of dollars. These poached athletes who bear names like Sheriff, Bashaf and Ahmed, have often been a thorn in our flesh.
Thus, selling sharing our genes will help eliminate incidents of our athletes surrendering their birthrights. Besides, the countries would have a chance to nurture their own home-grown athletes.
So, we can harvest the semen and if possible fertilised eggs from our best athletes at a lucrative price, and then export. For the Love of the Game suggests the prized items should go for no less than Sh5 million. Think about it, the products of the semen and eggs are potential marathon winners, so they should reflect the price.
An advert, which should be run in a top international TV network, would read something this, “Buy semen from Kenyan top athlete, and win the Boston marathon in 20 years. Hurry while stocks last!”
Buyers should then be promised of several other goodies. Once the children are born, they can be bred in Kenya for them to nurture their athletic skills.
Alternatively, they can be raised in their countries and once they come of age, be offered subsidised training costs somewhere in Rift Valley, where athletes are born and bred. Well, think about it. Moral qualms aside, will it not bring Kenya the foreign income, it desperately needs.
After all, we donated to the US a president – Barack Obama; exported to Hollywood an award winning actress – Lupita Nyong’o; we have our own Daniel Adongo, as Africa’s only America’s National Football League (NFL) player. To avoid tustles over citizenships, why not just ‘donate’ that athletic gene at a small fee?