Immediately, the Nationwide Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-Ok) is on my thoughts and I need to say they’ve carried out properly in so far as preparations for July’s Tokyo Olympic Video games are involved.
The umbrella physique for native federations has been busy since final yr and, to be sincere, we proceed to really feel their presence, not like prior to now.
Each federation, and particularly these with groups headed for Olympic Video games, have in a technique or one other benefited from NOC-Ok’s generosity and we really feel we’re heading in the right direction. This has not solely been monetary back-up, but in addition materials and ethical help.
Groups like boxing, athletics, taekwondo, taking pictures, rugby, volleyball, canoeing, desk tennis and tennis amongst others will let you know that NOC-Ok has been half and parcel of their day by day coaching.
Nonetheless, right this moment I selected to talk for athletics regardless that I’m the Common Staff Supervisor for “Staff Kenya” to the Olympic Video games.
Care and help
Particularly, it is an open secret that NOC-Ok have taken their position because the umbrella physique critically and the variety of journeys we now have needed to make to marathon camps in Rift Valley have been wonderful.
I’m speaking about our marathon workforce that’s presently in coaching at totally different spots within the Rift Valley. In contrast to prior to now, the workforce feels very a lot a part of the nation as has been exhibited by the care and help from NOC-Ok within the latest days.
Solely the opposite day, NOC-Ok gave a sponsorship of Sh1 million to marathoners to kick-start the coaching for the just lately named squad.
Individually, every marathoner acquired Sh125,000 to assist them in coaching and varied preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Video games, whose marathon and race stroll competitions shall be held in Sapporo.
The marathon males’s workforce is led by world marathon document holder Eliud Kipchoge, Amos Kipruto, 2019 Boston and Chicago Marathons winner Lawrence Cherono and 2020 London Marathon runners up Vincent Kipchumba.
The ladies’s cadre has world champion Ruth Chepng’etich, two-time London Marathon champion and world document holder Brigid Kosgei, world half marathon document holder Peres Jepchirchir and 2018 London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot, who completes the star-studded workforce from whom so much is anticipated.
I need to say this type of help will go a good distance in making certain the nation maintains its stranglehold on marathon titles come the Olympic Video games in Tokyo after our success on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2015.