My First Campus Tour!
On the eve of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, the head of the Kenyan delegation, Mr. Peter Pamba, was invited by President Synn to visit the Keimyung campus. The enjoyable task of showing Mr. Pamba around campus fell to me, and I doubt I'll ever meet a nicer man. I was also asked by the Keimyung Korean press to ask him a few questions which I've included below along with Mr. Pamba's answers.
Interview with Peter Pamba, Head of Delegation of the Kenyan Team
How did you come to visit Keimyung University? You must be very busy these days.
I recently met Synn Ilhi, who is both mayor of the Athletes’ Village and president of Keimyung University. President Synn was kind enough to invite me to visit Keimyung University and I was more than happy to accept. Yes, I have a busy schedule, but these championships are not just about athletics. Of equal importance, I think, are the opportunities to make new friends from all over the world. That’s why I was so happy to accept President Synn’s kind offer.
What is your impression of Keimyung University?
I just finished a tour of Keimyung University and I found it to be a very beautiful and wonderful university. I think it is very congruous to learning.
What are your impressions of Deagu and the IAAF?
We have been very impressed by the way we have been welcomed. We appreciate the great hospitality accorded to us by the Korean people. Likewise, we have been very impressed with the facilities and the accommodation provided.
How do you expect the Kenyan team will perform?
Well we have a lot of strong athletes and some world champions in our team so we hope to win as many gold medals as possible We are here to harvest all the gold (laughs).
What is your best event and who is your strongest athlete?
In the men’s 800 meters event we have the world champion, David Rudisha, who is defending his title. We expect him to defend his title and set a new world record.