The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) has stated that all athletes will be paid their allowances in full before they depart Rio Olympics in August.
NOCK has also confirmed that the athletics trials for the Rio Olympics will be held in Eldoret on July 30 and August 1.
Team Kenya’s Chief de Mission to Rio, Stephen Soi says all is being done to ensure Kenya has a good harvest at the games slated for August 4-21.
Soi was speaking yesterday at the official reception of the Kenyan marathon team to Rio at the Sirikwa Hotel in Eldoret where Team Kenya for Rio sponsors Tusker hosted the marathoners for a luncheon.
“I have been on site visits to Rio three times and we are making sure that we have the best preparations,” Soi said.
Athletics Kenya and Nock presidents Jackson Tuwei and Kipchoge Keino urged the athletes to stay clean and avoid taking any banned substances especially from strangers.
“Seek clarification if any official comes to you for out of competition testing because there are many people claiming to be conducting tests without informing us,” said Tuwei.
Keino, an Olympic gold medalist himself, told the athletes to vary their training wisely and condition themselves well for Rio.
“We might even consider taking you to Kisumu to work hard in the heat because Rio is hot and you must get used to the conditions,” said Keino.
“You must mix well your strength and endurance training with speed work. It is unfortunate that we have only one Olympic marathon gold medal through Samuel Wanjiru yet we have the best marathon runners in the world,” Keino added.
Sponsors Tusker also reaffirmed their support for Team Kenya as the team’s main sponsors.
“As part of our sponsorship, we launched the Tusker Gold edition. Besides our sponsorship, proceeds from the sale of this brand will go towards Team Kenya,” Tusker Marketing Manager Arian Okongo said.
Nock and AK also confirmed that the Olympic trials will be held in Eldoret and that the entire Kenyan team to Rio will have their residential training camp in the counties of Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Elgeyo-Marakwet.
“There is a lot to be done at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium, including work on the warm up track and other facilities. But a committee has been appointed to look into these renovations,” Keino said.
Kenya’s marathon team to Rio:
Men: Stanley Biwott, Eliud Kipchoge, Wesley Korir
Reserves: Bernard Kipyego, Cyprian Kotut
Women: Visiline Jepkesho, Helah Kiprop, Jemima Sumgong
Reserves: Mary Keitany, Florence Kiplagat.