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My Take :How Sports managers ‘crippled’ team Kenya at the Rio Olympics

21st August, 2016


My take tonight is about Kenya at the Rio Olympics. On this final day it should be all joy, after all the great Eliud Kipchoge just this evening gave a glorious finish to Kenya’s medal hunt by winning the men’s marathon. And yes, the gallant athletes who have pushed Kenya to 15th place in the medals standing, must be commended and indeed celebrated. But these are Kenyans who have succeeded in spite, of rather because of their country. The system simply failed them. Just how many more gold medals would Kenya have won, if those charged with managing the country’s sports simply did their job? The preparations ahead of the games were shambolic at best, not to mention the shenanigans about running gear and other basics. And now the sports cabinet secretary himself claims he is a victim of what he calls the Olympics cartel. If a whole cabinet secretary was unaware as he claims, of the multiple crises that plagued the athletes before heading to