The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has expressed their satisfaction with the tremendous transformation that the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) has achieved over the past seven years.
The (IOC) president, Thomas Bach, had invited NOC-K executives to the International Olympic body headquarters to familiarize themselves with the operations and programmes at the top level of the world sporting organization as well as meet and interact with the various heads of departments and IOC leadership. This was aimed at enhancing the existing collaborations and partnerships that NOC-K and IOC have built for the last couple of years.
Speaking, when he received a delegation from the NOC-K Executive Committee Members in Lausanne, Switzerland, in a historic visit to the Olympic House this week, the President noted that within a short time, NOC-K had become a model Member of the global sporting body with over 200 Olympic members across the world.
In particular, the IOC noted that at the time of the new leadership, Kenya was on the brink of being excluded from membership and support of IOC owing to failure to uphold the expected tenets of the Olympic Movement as stipulated in the guiding Olympic Charter, particularly on best governance practices.
The NOC-K President Paul Tergat shared their appreciation to the IOC, particularly the President, for the patience and support during the last seven years that they have been in leadership. Tergat assured the IOC of NOC-K’s athlete-centered approach in line with the IOC Agenda 2020+5 strategic direction framework.
The NOC-K Executive was also able to present various achievements and future plans geared towards further growth and development of the organization, Kenyan sports, and athletes to the various IOC departments, especially the Olympic Solidarity that runs the IOCs programs for NOCs. As a result, NOC-K was able to unlock more grants of support to the various Olympic values-centered programs, which will continue growing the robust unveiled programs by NOC-K.
The Kenyan delegation which was led by their president had with them the NOC-K secretary general, Francis Mutuku, Athletics Kenya Youth and Development Chairman Barnaba Korir and Athlete representative, Humphrey Kayange.