The National Olympic Committee (NOCK) needs USD5, 304,386.73 (Ksh542, 079, 150) to send the Kenyan squad to the summer Olympic games to be hosted in Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazil, next year.
Team Kenya 2016 Rio Olympic Games Chef de Mission Stephen Arap Soi said the projected amount is expected to cater for preparations, training, qualifications, local residential camp, airfares, allowances, accommodation, medical cover, insurance, pre-games training, competition kit/ceremonial uniform and other incidentals.
The Olympics body has planned for a contingent of 80 athletes and two team sports, the men’s rugby sevens team and either of the women’s volleyball or football in addition to Noc-k and technical officials.
The qualificatioin process for Rio Summer Olympic Games commenced on May 30th, 2014 and will continue upto May 2016 with Olympc sport disciplines participating in their designated qualification events through world, continental championships and selected international tournaments.
Speaking during the launch of the Road to Rio-de-Janeiro fund raising effort in Nairobi, NOCK chairman Hezekiah Kipchoge Keino said an advance delegation from the country had been sent to Brazil to scout for a suitable training venue.
Keino said they identified the city of Sao Paolo as the likely venue of Kenya’s training camp in Brazil ahead of their entry to Rio where they are aiming to beat the record tally of 6 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze of the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
“We found out in Rio, there are no facilities unless we go to Sao Paolo where they have facilities. Sao Paolo is far and we require more money,” said Kipchoge.
In the 30th Olympics Games in London, Kenya sent 51 athletes with 47 among them belonging to the track and field team that won two gold, four silver and five bronze.
During the launch, Oxygen 8 Group of Companies pledged Sh15 million as the Chandaria Foundation promised to give Sh1 million to kick off the fundraiser.