9 May 2012

Kenya: NSSF Hand Noc-K for Olympic Build-Up

Photo: ING New York Marathon
Geoffrey Mutai wins ING New York Marathon 2011.

THE National Olympic Committee - Kenya have received a Sh35m boost from the National Social Security Fund. NSSF chairman Adan Mohammed presented the cheque to NOCK chairman Kipchoge Keino at a Nairobi hotel yesterday where he said the money will be geared towards the preparation of Team Kenya for the London Olympic Games. Mohammed said the performances of the Kenyan team in the past has been encouraging.

Keino appreciated NSSF's gesture and observed the supportit will go a long way in helping sportsmen and women get the required exposure for the big event.

"We have great talent in our youths who have done us proud in the past. We appreciate NSSF's contribution and hope that other corporate firms come on board and help in this noble cause," said Keino adding that the government cannot sustain the team on its own. "Many countries are putting a lot of money in the training of their athletes and we feel we should do the same if we want to get successful performances in London." Keino added that the heavy rainy witnessed in many parts of the country has made training at the High Performance Training Centre difficult and they are seeking measures to have the athletes camp in Nairobi. He observed that the country will perform better than at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where the country got 14 medals (6 gold, 4silver and 4 bronze).

Kenya are targeting to take a team of 120-member contingent to the London Olympics between July 27 and August 22.

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