First batch of Kenya Athletes jet out to London
The first batch of Team Kenya which includes athletes taking part in
800m, javelin, boxing, weightlifting and swimmers will jet out from Nairobi
on tuesday(tomorrow) at 8pm to London for the Olympic Games. .
Upon arrival in London ,the athletes and weightlifter will then proceed
for specialised training in Bristol as the boxers will go to Cardiff
Its only Team Kenya short race runners who will head for a month
long training in Bristol ahead of the forthcoming London Olympics.
Meanwhile, the contentious issue over the athletes training in Britain was
resolved between a meeting convened by the National Olympic Committee
of Kenya (NOC-K) chairman Hezekiah Kipchoge Keino and athletes at the
team’s training camp at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
The meeting resolved that runners taking part in 400m hurdles and 800m
will train Bristol as training at low altitude was good atmosphere for
athletes participating short races.
The middle distance runners who were initially listed amongst those to
train in Bristol who included athletes taking part in 1500m and 300m
steeplechase will remain behind and train in Kenya before joining the
others later this month.
The others to train in Kenya are the 5000m, 10,000m runners and marathoners.
Brand Kenya will organize a road show tour for Team Kenya which will
also be used to publicize the Kenya House will be set up in London to
showcase the country in London.
Keino made it clear that the deal of Team Kenya training in Bristol
should not be mistaken that there were any underhand dealings.
“The deal was signed in 2006 even before London was awarded the
hosting rights of the 2012 Olympics. The deal was clean and we could
not sign on a deal that is going to adversely affect us as we have the
interests of Kenyans at heart,” he said.
“This is good news and as Athletics Kenya (AK) ,we are happy with the
decision. The whole world is coming to Kenya to train in long and
middle distance races. Why would we take our team to Bristol, a low
altitude area for training if we are serious to improve on our medal
tally,” said AK chairman Isaiah Kiplagat.