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Tokyo Olympics: President Uhuru Kenyatta presents Team Kenya with official travel kit

ATHLETICS By Waweru Titus | July 9th 2021
President Uhuru Kenyatta in the presence of Sports CS Amina Mohamed (right) hands over the Kenyan flag to Shujaa's Andrew Omonde during the handover of the National flag to Team Kenya representing the country in Tokyo. [Standard Sports]

President Uhuru Kenyatta presented the team representing Kenya at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with the official travel kit on Thursday.

President Uhuru lauded Team Kenya and promised to support the athletes participating in the much-anticipated event in Japan.

“Kenyan sports have attracted the best talents in the country and our values of hard work and service are deeply entrenched in our athletes.

“The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is another opportunity for us to promote success in the sporting world.

“For this reason, my government has and will continue to support you as you take part in this years’ Olympic games,” said Uhuru.

The kit Inspired by Kenya’s national colours and symbols, will be donned by the travelling contingent that will begin to depart for the Olympic games today.

President Uhuru Kenyatta at Statehouse in Nairobi during the handover of the National flag to Team Kenya representing the country in Tokyo. Present included CS sports Amina Mohamed, Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo, Ambassador of Japan to Kenya Ryoichi Horie and several senior Government officials led by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [Standard Sports]

The volleyball team will be the first group of athletes to leave for Japan ahead of the global showpiece that is scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

Kenya women's volleyball team players Jane Wacu, Lorine Chebet, Gladys Ekaru and Edith Wisa showing off their official Travel Kit on Thursday. [Courtesy]

The Head of State presented the kit led by the National Olympic Committee – Kenya (NOC-K) president Paul Tergat at State House, Nairobi during the official send-off ceremony for the team.

Olympics Kenya and Kenya National Paralympics Committee in June signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Sports in June.

The MOU was signed after Kenya unveiled its Tokyo Olympics squad with a list of more than 40 athletes.

The MOU is aimed at establishing cooperation and collaboration between the National Olympics bodies and the Ministry, ensuring that there are smooth, well-defined roles by the two institutions with the view to deliver successful Kenyan athletes’ participation in the Games.

Part of Team Kenya members pose in their official kit for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games scheduled for July 23 - August 8, 2021. [Standard Sports]

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