President Mwai Kibaki has urged Kenya teams to the London Olympics, paralympics and Deaf world athletics championship to go flat out and do the country proud. "I urgeand call on you to rededicate yourselves to national duty and remain true patriots . Above all maintain discipline for that is the weapon of a successful sports person. Be confident and fully aware that you have our prayers and best wishes," the President said.
The head of state made the remarks when handing over national flags to the various team captains at State House yesterday. Kibaki congratulated the athletes for attaining the games standard because he noted it was no mean task. "I know that qualifying for games is a very challenging task. Competing in them and winning a medal for your country is even tougher. I congratulate you for getting this far,"
Kibaki urged the athletes to emulate those who excelled before them and put the country in the international limelight. "Performing well at the Olympics, paralympics and Deaf games earns you a place in sports history which can never be erased," added Kibaki. Kibaki said the government will continue investing resources in sports development . He added the government had embarked on the rehabilitation of the stadia including the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani , Kipchoge stadium in Eldoret and Mombasa Municipal stadium.
Kibaki said his government has also factored in the Vision 2030 strategy for growth in setting up an international sports academy. The academy will be utilised for specialised training in various sporting disciplines. Kibaki said the government will establish the national sports lottery which will help raise funds "for various programmes. We must fast track the establishment of this lottery that we proposed many years ago.
Youth affairs and Sports minister Paul Otuoma sid they have established a Kenya House to run concurrently with the London gGames where Kenya will exhibit goods and services He said the Sports Bill will be tabled in Parliament soon. Those present at the event included National Olympic Committee of Kenya chairman Kipchoge Keino, Sports assistant ministers Kabando wa Kabando, Wavinya Ndeti, Permanent secretary James Waweru as well as sports sponsors
Kenya will send 50 athletes to the Olympics, 45 of them featuring in track and field. Two swimmers- Jason and David Dunfor, Mercy Obiero (weighlifting), Benson Gicharu and Elizabeth Andiego (boxing)