The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) has released its quadrennial report for the period 2017-2021.
The report titled The Transformation 2017-2021 has been designed to highlight the major achievements of NOCK in the four-year period.
Some of the major highlights in the report cover NOCK’s milestones including governance, spelling out the systems, processes, manuals, committees and commissions that govern the operations of the institution.
The executive also brought out the development of the strategic plan 2019-2024 with six key performance areas.
Games is another highlight where NOCK shows its enhanced preparation of Team Kenya and participated in all major Games during the quadrennial – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, World Winter Games, Winter Olympic Games, African Games, African Beach Games, Commonwealth Games, African Youth Games, Zone 5 Youth Games and Youth Olympic Games.
It reported that the Olympic solidarity program has been a major source of funds, with the executive taking its advantage for the advancement of sports in the country.
Over 40 programs are run each year in various projects both for sports development and promotion of Olympic Values, spending about 300,000 USD (Sh33.8 million) annually.
In preparation for Tokyo Olympics, the report says, NOCK gave 16 individual scholarships and three team sports grants. It has also provided personal training equipment to Team Kenya, improved training facilities and provided a sports science team to work with all Tokyo bound teams.
On youth development, NOCK said it’s strategising to field more sports and improved performances in Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games and OlympAfrica centre in Eastlands, which is under development, is expected to give a great boost to youth talent identification.
“Athletes remain the centre of our operations. Athletes’ welfare programs have been established; health and financial cushioning from the coronavirus, online topical education, post career training, adequate kitting, medal prize money, and a gender policy in games operations,” said NOCK acting Secretary General Francis Mutuku.
“This is an ongoing matter and for the Kenyan athlete to perform optimally, it should take centre stage going forward.”