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No explanation can make up for Games debacle

By - Updated Tuesday, August 14th 2012 at 00:00 GMT +3
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As Team Kenya jets back tomorrow from the 30th Olympiad in London more whips than the usual mursik will be expected to greet them at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Such is the anger among Kenyans that few will be willing to receive our heroes and heroines with fanfare after only managing a paltry two Gold, three Silver and four Bronze medals while we are supposed to have swept all before us on the track.

Truth be told, this might not be our worst Olympics outing compared to the 2004 Games in Athens where we managed only one gold, four silver and two bronze, medals. The thinking, however, is the team to London 2012 was supposed to be the best we have ever dispatched to the Olympics.

This was a team that paraded the best marathoners that the world has witnessed in this era what with the best times they have clocked in city marathons across the world.

The runners were also no amateurs as the likes of Pamela Jelimo, David Rudisha, Wilson Kirop, Asbel Kiprop, Moses Masai, and Nixon Chepseba all went to the Games having recorded the best times of the year at the Diamond League circuit.

But then what actually went wrong in London that were it not for Rudisha and Ezekiel Kemboi Kenya would be exiting London without a single gold while we are supposed to be the kings of the middle and long distance tracks?

We are supposed to be beating the likes of USA, Russia and even Ethiopia when it comes to the number of medals won on the track but a quick glance at the medals table shows US and Russia overlapped Kenya’s tally several times over.

As if that is not enough we have a legend of the Olympics in Kipchoge Keino who was leading Team Kenya as chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) and with him at the helm who would have expect the chaos we had in London. In the same delegation was Sports Minister Paul Otuoma who stayed in London for the duration of the Olympics, but did these two gentlemen do enough to ensure we didn’t have the chaos witness in London?

How can they explain to us the law of the jungle Team Kenya CEO Stephen Soi arrogated himself while dealing with Team Kenya members? Most athletes seem to point an accusing finger at the NOC-K official ranging from arrogance to hoarding of kit meant for the athletes.

And what explanation can the officials give as to why the Dunford brothers (Jason and David) didn’t have the right headgear as they splashed into their events?

Gold drought

If Nike, which is also kitting USA, had provided the necessary kit for Team Kenya, then why did Michael Phelps have better kit as compared to our own? Did the Dunfords opt to use a different kit from the one provided by Nike or had the officials not kitted the swimmers?

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