Kenya's track and field Olympics team to camp in Eldoret

By evelyn watta
Jun 17, 2016
  • 1500m runners Nixon Chepseba, James Magut and Asbel Kiprop at a past training session.(Photo:SNA File)

  • Chef De Mission Stephen Soi. (Photo:SNA File)

The National Olympics Committee, NOCK, has confirmed that the Kenyan runners will camp at the Kipkeino High Performance Training Centre in Eldoret.

It will be the first time that the residential camp for the Olympics team will be held outside the capital Nairobi as the team management looks to experiment with different setups for the Athletics team. Kenya bagged only two gold medals in London.

Chef De Mission for team Kenya to Rio Olympics Stephen Soi told Sports News Arena that the residential training will now start on July 2.

“We had planned for the residential training on June 24 but because of the Athletics trails on 30th we shall now start on July 2 at the Kipchoge High training centre for the team. If we can get sprinters qualify we shall have a different venue for them.

For the Rugby teams we have confirmed Nandi Bears Club while the boxers and Judoka could stay at Kasarani stadium. If any swimmer qualifies they are likely to stay in Mombasa,”Soi said.

One Judoka Levi Sang qualified for the games last April in the Under-90 category while Boxing has so far qualified two-Rayton Okwri and Peter Mungai.

The first batch of the team to Rio mainly Rugby 7s players will then leave on July 24, with part of the track and field leaving two days later .

This arrangement means the teams will reside at the centre owned by the Chairman of the NOCK Kipchoge Keino and then use the nearby school of law muram tracks for their training.

Soi was speaking on the side-lines of the Olympic's body Annual General meeting attended by 16 of the 20 affiliated Federations in Nairobi.

The meeting barely touched on the forthcoming Rio Olympics set for Brazil from August 5-21, with the NOCK executive instead seeking to quell fears on the slow progress of the Headquarters-Olympic Plaza in Upper hill.

The construction had stalled due to funding and certification issues. NOCK Secretary General Francis Paul said NOCK has since acquired a new financial partner, K-Rep now known as Sidian Bank.

Construction of the 16-storey building which is currently on the second level, should be complete by July 2017, around the same time the committee will be holding its elections.