Kioni, Khayange and Muriuki in Tokyo for Olympics conference

National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) has sent a strong delegation to Japan for the initial Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics Chef De Missions meeting, kicking off on Tuesday August 20, in Tokyo. Kenya’s Chef De Mission for the games Waithaka Kioni leads the delegation, which also has NOCK Treasurer Eliud Kariuki and Athlete Representative and Chairman of the Athletes Commission, Humphrey Khayange. The two-day meeting will cover all the operations details of the event, including different aspects of the competitions and accommodation. The international delegations will further get a chance to visit the competition venues, with Japan priding herself for having most of the venues ready a year to the event. The Kenyan team will be keen to explore Kurume City, where Team Kenya will camp during the competition for familiarisation and update on the arrangements so far. Rio fiasco Kioni has already expressed confidence the team mandated to manage the 2020 games will deliver exemplary and erase the ugly memories of the Brazil 2016 Rio fiasco. The mess of the Rio Games has seen Team Kenya managers including Chef De Mission Stephen Arap Soi prosecuted. “We want to ensure this tradition of blame and excuses for failure every time we are sending a big team for international competitions is not repeated in the Tokyo Games. That’s why we are taking every preparation step very seriously,” said Kioni. The National Olympic Committee has so far launched its road map to the event, further providing IOC Scholarships to athletes and formed an elite performance team, to monitor their progress. Federations have also been given funds to help prepare for various qualifications competitions, the first major qualification program taking place from Monday in Morocco.

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