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Business as usual for strength coach Kimani as athletes train alone

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 00:00 |
NOC-K Strength and Conditioning coach Geoffrey Kimani when he was unveiled last month. Photo/PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) partnered with renowned Strength and Conditioning coach Geoffrey Kimani to help prepare team Kenya to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that has since been postponed to July 23 to August 8, 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

While athletes have been forced to go into individual training due to government directives prohibiting large gatherings, it is business as usual for Kimani as his programme has not changed.

“We are engaging athletes at a personal level and giving them guidelines on how to keep fit at this time.

Our programme does not require them to work in groups so nothing has changed.

We have also engaged coaches and team managers on what needs to be done as we wait for the virus to be dealt with, whether it will take few weeks or months,” said Kimani.

NOC-K, while unveiling Kimani on March 10, said they had engaged his services as a consultant for a period of 10 months.

However, prior to his unveiling, he had worked with the committee on a voluntary basis for close to six months as their engagement began last year in October.

Kimani says the next challenge after the pandemic is dealt with will be how to reset and prepare again for the Olympics Games and qualifiers for those who were yet to book their tickets to Tokyo.

“We will have no alternative than to go local. Europe, North America and Asia have been the leading destinations for international competitions, championships and series.

It will, however, take a while to reopen for such competitions as they have been greatly affected by this pandemic.”

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