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NOCK targets100 participants for 17 medals at Tokyo Games

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 00:00 |
Acting NOCK secretary-general Francis Mutuku.

As the country prepares to participate in this year’s Tokyo Olympics, the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) reiterated its resolve yesterday to deliver a focused,  well-managed and financed Team Kenya to the Games. 

“Our goal for the Games remains unchanged.  We expect to take at least 100 participants to the Games with expectations of a higher medal haul than ever before.

We also seek to deliver the best resourced Team Kenya in history,” said acting NOCK secretary-general Francis Mutuku in a communique.  

In an earlier interview, Mutuku had revealed that the committee has laid out a plan aimed at getting Kenya to bag 17 medals, seven of which are meant to be gold. 

This, he opined, is achievable with more participants spread across several disciplines. 

“To achieve the goals, we have planned programmes and training camps for adequate preparations.

We expect that by the month of February, the qualified teams will proceed to a controlled training in a bubble.

This will help athletes resume training and prepare for the residential training camp slated for early April,” Mutuku noted. 

 Qualified teams  that include Malkia Strikers,  Kenya Lionesses, Kenya Shujaa, Faith Ogola in Taekwondo and boxer Nick Okoth among others are expected to proceed to international training camp in Kurume City in Japan for at least 14 days. 

To ensure that the targeted numbers are achieved,  NOC-K has further committed to support those in the qualification pathway. 

In conjunction with the International Olympics Committee and ANOCA, the committee is set to provide scholarships to at least 15 athletes to help them prepare for the Games. 

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