Kenya: Pre-Olympics Camp to Go On in Kurume City

Team Kenya will after all proceed for Tokyo Olympics pre-Games training camp in Kurume City, Japan on July 7.

Kurume City had on Tuesday ommunicated with the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) informing them of their withdrawal from hosting Team Kenya for a 12-day camp ahead of the Games that will be staged July 23 to August 8 in the Japanese capital.

However, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports Amina Mohamed has announced that the camp will now go on after consultations with the Kenyan Embassy in Japan and the Japanese Embassy in Kenya.

NOC-K secretary general Francis Mutuku disclosed that Amina on Thursday night confirmed having engaged the two embassies and indicated that all is well.

“Kurume City has agreed to go ahead with the scheduled pre-Games training camp for Team Kenya as scheduled, ” said Mutuku adding that they are grateful for this timely intervention by Amina.

“This now allows the athletes to focus on local training as they prepare for the pre-Games camp which will allow for acclimatisation of the team,” explained Mutuku. “Furthermore, it positions the preparation schedule for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on course as per the action plan developed.”

Mutuku said that they will now engage Kurume City governors in the coming week to see how they will handle the Covid-19 situation.

NOC-K were left seeking for an alternative pre-Games training venue for Team Kenya after Kurume City withdrew from hosting the team owing to the Covid-19 situation in the country.