Preparations towards Olympic Games on course as Kenya plans to send 100 athletes

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Preparations towards Olympic Games on course as Kenya plans to send 100 athletes

Abigael Wafula 16:19 - 25.11.2023

NOC-K Secretary General Francis Mutuku has disclosed Kenya's progress towards the 2024 Olympic preparations.

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) is burning the midnight oil ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris, France.

Speaking during a press briefing, NOC-K Secretary General Francis Mutuku disclosed that they have accomplished a lot and are still working to ensure everything is set ahead of the global showpiece.

He explained that the committee has beaten most of the deadlines and managed to cater to many things as the event nears.

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“As we move toward Paris 2024, we have gotten our fingers on what’s most important and we have done as much preparation as we can," said Mutuku.

"There are still a number of things that need to be done but we have beaten most of the deadlines from the organisers. We are now moving to the most critical stage."

He added that one of the critical parts is the accreditation of the athletes and officials going to the event which will officially begin on Monday, November 27.

“From the 27th onwards, we shall be entering every Kenyan who has qualified. We already have two team sports which have qualified for the Olympics,” he said.

Shujaa, the national men’s rugby sevens team, and Malkia Strikers, the women’s volleyball team, are the only team sports that have qualified for the global showpiece.

Mutuku added that there are a number of teams working around the clock to ensure they qualify. He disclosed that they are working closely with the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) to give the basketball 3x3 teams the best opportunity to qualify.

The basketball teams will be hoping to impress at the Africa Cup tournament next month since it is a qualifying event.

“We have a series of two world qualifiers next year where we hope they will get it,” Mutuku said, adding that they will also be hoping to support the Lionesses as they seek to make the cut.

The NOC-K boss also explained that the women’s and men’s beach volleyball teams are also in the process of qualifying.

“In regards to individual sports as at now, we have 35 individual athletes who are already in the system from Athletics Kenya,” he said.

Mutuku added that they also have an eye on the martial arts, including boxing and taekwondo, who have a series of competitions and they will be keen to support them as they seek to qualify.

“We want to try and get as many Kenyans as possible to participate in the Olympics. The target still remains 100 and is still feasible,” he said.