23 January 2013

Kenya: London Games Chief Wants Training Programme Changed

Team Kenya chef de mission to 2012 London Olympics, Jonathan Kosgei, has called for a radical shift in training programmes ahead of major championships.

Kosgei said it is time the country changed their training style and adopt the latest methods if they are to compete at par with the rest of the world. He observed that other countries have advanced in sports medicine where athletes are even assigned individual medical staff for close monitoring.

"We usually assign one or two physiotherapists, nutritionist and doctor for a whole team while other countries allocate each of these experts to an individual athlete," said Kosgei. "Our athletes usually queue to be attended to by these experts making it tough on them."

He said contrary to claims that Kenya performed badly, the team onky failed to meet the country's expectations. "The team did their best and bringing home two gold medals was no mean feat," he said.

Kosgei was speaking during a reception dinner for Team Kenya held on Monday night at a Nairobi Hotel.

National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) reiterated the need for the country to focus ahead rather than dwell on the happenings of London Games.

"We need to put our heads together and correct the London mistakes," said Keino. "We need to ensure that many teams qualify in a number of disciplines to enhance our medal harvest in future events."

Ministry of Sports permanent secretary, James Waweru, said the Sports Act provides a favourable platform for the country to intensify talent search straight from the grassroots.

"We need to immediately start our preparations for Rio (2016 Olympics)," said Waweru. "The Act will help us take sports to a higher level and the ministry (of sports) is ready to work alongside the federations to achieve this."

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