The Cabinet Secretary for Sports Dr Amina Mohamed has reiterated the Government’s commitment to ensuring that safety and interests of Kenyan participants at the upcoming Olympics Games in Japan is given much preference.
Kenya is sending a total of 113 athletes to the Olympics and Paralympics Games with the Malkia Strikers being the first batch to depart on Thursday evening.
We are delighted to be sending a #TeamKenya that comprises of 56% female athletes, It is our continued hope that they will inspire generations of young athletes to come#YouAreTheReason pic.twitter.com/nClKi3JMaQ
— TeamKenya (@OlympicsKe) July 8, 2021
“We have put in place extensive measures, to ensure the safety and welfare of our athletes. All the athletes are fully vaccinated and have been in a bubble during their training period. They have also undergone rigorous selection criteria, to earn the right to represent their country at the Tokyo Olympics” noted CS
The advance team will be hosted in Kurume City for a 12-day pre-Olympic training camp under full sponsorship for their stay, including accommodation, local travel in Japan and meals.
She also lauded the production of the official travelling kit for Team Kenya heading to Tokyo Olympics,saying the move will boost the morale of the team to even perform better.
Inspired by Kenya’s national colours and symbols, the attire will be donned by the travelling contingent that started to depart for the Olympic games on Thursday.
“I am also happy to announce, that for the first time, our athletes are fully kitted for the duration of the Olympics. This is an accomplishment, which will promote Team Kenya’s morale, and enhance our image on the global stage” added Amina
Kenya registered its third best Olympic showing at Rio 2016, earning 15th place overall in the medals table with six gold, six silver and one bronze, however their performance was somewhat overshadowed by the scandal.
Kenya Volleyball Federation President and Chef de Mission Waithaka Kioni, has vowed that every coin used for the Games would be accounted for to avoid any risk of a repeat of the corruption scandal that marred the Brazilian showpiece.