Author: BM Koech

Kenya Flags Off Olympic Team

The first batch of Team Kenya athletes to 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro leaves Sunday morning. Members of the sevens rugby team (men and women) and their respective technical benches will be part of the group that leaves for Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Also in the 9am flight to Rio via Luanda will be judo, archery and weightlifting teams represented by one athlete each as well as the three-man boxing squad. The National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) Secretary-general FK Paul told Sunday Nation Sport that all travel arrangements are in place for the team’s departure. “An advance party led by our chef de mission, Stephen Soi, is already in Rio to make preparations for the team’s arrival. Once the first group of athletes arrives in Rio, the Kenyan flag will be raised at the Olympics village to signify Kenya’s presence,” FK Paul said. Thereafter, the team is expected to commence training progamme ahead of the opening ceremony on August 5. According to FK Paul, the next batch of athletes will depart on July 31 and August 7. The marathon team will be the last group to leave at a date yet to be announced. The men and women’s sevens rugby teams comprise 12 players each and three officials. The two teams will be under tutelage of coach Benjamin Ayimba who coordinate their training sessions. (READ:...

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Kenya won’t be banned by IOC

Despite a surge of doping cases over the last four years, and an increasingly dysfunctional and now suspended drug-testing agency, Kenya’s athletes were cleared to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics by the IAAF on Friday. The International Olympic Committee, which has the final call on whether Kenya’s famed distance runners will run in Rio in August, also is unlikely to stop the country sending a team. “That’s good news, hey,” Kenya track federation president Jackson Tuwei told The Associated Press, laughing in apparent relief. “That’s real good news. That is the best news I’ve had, at least for today.” It had been a seriously fretful 24 hours for Tuwei and others after the World Anti-Doping Agency’s unexpected decision on Thursday to suspend Kenya’s national anti-doping body over flawed legislation passed by lawmakers last month. The declaration of non-compliance by WADA raised the possibility that the IAAF might be emboldened to seek a sterner punishment for Kenya, as it did last year when it banned Russia following a crisis at its anti-doping...

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