The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) Executive Committee has revealed that team Kenya is all set for the upcoming Olympics set to kick off in Paris, France 2024.
This was announced at the ongoing athlete’s forum whereby the committee stated that as from 27th November, the official accreditation process will commence for all the qualified participants.
At the moment, only the rugby and volleyball teams have secured their slots but more teams are expected to be accredited as the qualification process is still ongoing.
In regards to individual sports, thirty-five athletes have already been registered with these numbers projected to increase as Athletics Kenya Federation have laid plans for trials to proceed in June 2024.
Martial arts, boxing and Taekwondo teams are also expected to meet the threshold as the committee is closely monitoring their progress through the qualification process.
The government through the ministry of youth affairs, creative economy and sports have been able to support the different teams to go through the qualification process and as such NOC-K secretary general Francis Mutuku emphasized on the need for as many Kenyans as possible to participate in the qualification processes in order to help the committee meet its target of athletes to go to the Olympics.
The newly appointed management team have already flown to Paris in compliance to the ongoing NOC pre visits order issued to the participating nations.
This visit is meant to assess the stadiums to be used, villages where the athletes will be accommodated, working on logistics such as how the athletes will commute to and from the venues among many other plans to help in finalizing the preparations in time for the competition.
Once the logistics are in order, the different teams are expected to make similar visits from January to March before finally going for the pre Olympics camp in June 2024 where the teams will get to have a feel of the different facilities they will be using.
Speaking on behalf of the athletes, former international rugby star and NOCK Elite Commission Head Humphrey Kayange was excited with the support the team was getting and hoped more people would qualify for the games with the different ongoing qualifiers.
The ongoing athletes’ forum is expected to address several issues such as anti-doping measures, mental preparedness, physio therapy, among many others that may affect the participant’s performance during the Olympics.
NOC-K president, Mr. Paul Tergat reinstated the need for the participating parties to be extra prepared and focused in order to ensure success for team Kenya. He also called for support from all stakeholders to ensure success of the team that will represent the country.
Author : Neville Mulama