The presence of managers such as Van de Veen helps African athletes focus on competition, thereby achieving better results and improving income without having to worry about commercial and sponsorship factors.
The 66-year-old manager and his team are not just negotiating contracts for runner. They also make sure they can comfortably focus on jogging. They arrange flights, hotels, visas, venues and guides to practice and promote the brand.
In return, Volare Sports will take a share of the income, usually 15%. To be effective, competition allocations must be carefully planned. “We only do it with the agreement of the players,” Van de Veen assured.
In Africa, Volare Sport has an extensive recruiting and training network, but Van de Veen still prefers to find talent himself. “You have to recognize that talent. I saw Geoffrey Mutai in a youth race in Kenya.
He came second. I was advised to sign a winner, but I just wanted Mutai. He had a way.” run unique. Mutai then won all three Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon and Berlin Marathon, “the manager recounted.
The list of successful runner managed by Van de Veen is very long. For many people, jogging is enough for them to live, but not enough to have a carefree future. Van de Veen finds it risky if they encounter mentors or doctors who take advantage of the runner’s situation. “We’re in Europe. Runner is in Africa. We can’t track them 24 hours a day.”
Mentors often commit to spending extra money, and doctors promise better results.
How long will the ‘African Empire’ last? The combination of evolution and habit has helped the East African runner dominate the marathon.
In other parts of the world, BMI is growing, meaning that it is very difficult for them to overthrow the “African empire” in the marathon. However, the “black continent” also brings a lot of knowledge to the runner in the world to eat, train better, break a personal record.