- He made millions representing Kenya in International athletic events but now Raymond Yator lives a destitute life
- Yator now lives in abject poverty after his career went south
- Bad friends and drinking of alcohol contributed to his downfall
Born on April 7, 1981 Raymond Yator is one of Kenya's record breaking former athletes who is now living in abject poverty as he has no means of livelihood.
He is famous for breaking the World junior record as he set a time of 8:03.74 at the Herculis Golden League Meeting in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on August 18, 2000.
NAIJ.com understands that the once talented athlete is now living in penury with no one to assist him.
Raymond Yator now spends most his time at his rural village drinking as he has nothing to do again as a means of livelihood.
The former elite athlete's career went downhill after he started hanging with the wrong friends.
Yator's brother said the athlete was introduced to alcohol by the friends who later deserted him after he became broke.
“My brother came home with a good amount of money and he made a couple of investments but his peers introduced him to alcohol and this now has a firm grip on him. Steadily, he started abandoning his training and resorted to selling off his property to buy alcohol,” the brother explained.
The brother said Yator abandoned training as the alcohol addiction took a toll on him.
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“Steadily he started abandoning training and his peers in the village were at his door every morning to take him to the nearest busaa den because of his generosity in purchasing drinks,” he said.
Yator spends most of his time at drinking dens in his village with only the medals and trophies he won being his comfort in the dingy shack he calls home.