Team Kenya optimistic
Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed yesterday unveiled Team Kenya’s official website on a day the country joined the rest of the world in marking the last 100 days before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in the Japanese City.
The site which can be accessed on teamkenya.or.ke will be the hub that will be a one-stop-shop for all Team Kenya news about the Olympics, stories and schedules.
In a ceremony that was held at the Nairobi National Museum, the CS joined Team Kenya athletes and president of Olympics Kenya, Paul Tergat, where they unveiled the hashtag #YouAreTheReason for rallying call to support Team Kenya heading into Tokyo.
Mohamed noted that the Olympics and our Kenyan athletes, in particular, have several characteristics represented in all its citizens.
“Our athletes take inspiration from Kenya’s unique strengths as country through its beauty and people, beautiful landscapes and game reserves, our rich culture and lately, our fight against the pandemic that’s driven by our competitiveness and sacrifice of all our athletes”, she remarked.
As a result, she reaffirmed the Government’s and Kenyans continued commitment to our athletes during this important and key date to the Olympics- that every athlete has their own reasons to compete and hope to be selected to represent team Kenya one day but once selected they represent the flag.
Tokyo City holds a very special place in Kenya’s Olympic journey as it won its first Olympic Medal in 1964 in Tokyo when it competed at the Summer Olympics for the first time as an independent country.
Then, Kenya took 37 competitors, all men. Wilson Kiprugut won the nation’s first ever Olympic medal.
In the Olympics of 1968, we saw the first batch of women represent Kenya at the Olympics.
As we count down 100 days to Tokyo 2020 Games, Kenya is going to the Olympics perhaps as a leading African country to have a 50/50 gender inclusion at the Games.
Meanwhile, General Team Manager for Tokyo Games Barnaba Korir said the country is are determined to have the best preparations ever for Team Kenya.
“I assure all our sports people that we are working round the clock to ensure they train adequately despite the effects of the pandemic.
At the moment we already have individual athletes and team sports in a Covid-19 bubble at Kasarani. We will also endeavour to cater for those athletes who are not in camp as we head to the Games” said Korir.