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Olympic body petitions parliament to push for increased allowances for Team Kenya at Olympics

Wednesday, June 5th, 2024 02:08 | By
NOCK president Paul Tergat. PHOTO/Print
NOCK president Paul Tergat. PHOTO/Print

The National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) has petitioned a parliamentary committee to push for increased allowances for Team Kenya ahead of the Olympics to be held in Paris, France.

NOCK officials led by their president Paul Tergat told the Sports and Culture Committee that the current allowances are too little and should be reviewed.

Team Kenya is scheduled to take part in the Olympics that are slated for July 26 to August 11 this year.

Speaking when they appeared before the committee meeting chaired by Dan Wanyama (Webuye West), NOCK Secretary General Francis Mutuku said players were paid Sh 26,000 while officials received Sh 39,000.

“We urge the Committee to consider pushing for an increment of training allowances for players who are currently paid Sh 1,000 per day,” said Mutuku.

In his response, Wanyama who concurred with NOCK asked the organisation to prepare a proposal of the new allowance rates and submit to the Committee for action.

Regarding the status of preparedness ahead of the competition, Tergat said: “Proper systems have been put in place to ensure successful preparation of Team Kenya that will fly our flag in Paris. This season, the team will prepare better than before,” he added.

Mutuku said that NOCK had secured a training Camp at Miramas City in France where the team will be expected to train before travelling to Paris.

“We have partnered with the city of Miramas to host the team for free .We will benefit from technical support from French coaches. The camp will provide a good final kick off for Team Kenya before departing for Paris,” he added.

He noted that the team will arrive at the camp on July 1st and depart five days before the Olympics games’ kick off.

Mutuku further told the Committee that 10,600 Athletes will represent the country during the Olympics games.

“Athletics is the country’s main menu at the Olympics but we will have other teams like Rugby’s Shujaa and Women Volleyball team Malaika Strikers, boxing and tennis among others,” he added.

He added that NOCK has also collaborated with Deloitte to provide risk advisory.

“Kenya’s reputation was dented following the Tokyo Olympics fiasco. We have brought in Deloitte to deal with the reputation risk,” he added.

He added that Team Kenya’s kits were designed by a Kenyan, noting that the kits will be ready in the next three weeks.

He added: “NOCK has made plans to assist players secure visas and air tickets on time.”

Tergat said NOCK’s focus was on preparations of Team Kenya and they have directed all available resources at their disposal to achieve this goal.

“Performance is a reflection of preparation and that is why we are doing everything to ensure Team Kenya is in a good form and shape so as to win more medals,” he added.

The Committee expressed its satisfaction in the level of preparedness by NOCK for Team Kenya.

“We are satisfied with the plans put in place to ensure the team prepares adequately. The Committee will provide the necessary support you need,” said Wanyama.

The Committee also met Sports, Arts and Social Development officials led by their CEO Ibrahim Nuh to appraise them on their success stories and challenges.

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