The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) stands shoulder to shoulder with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to rejoice in the magnificent occasion of 365 days until the 33rd Olympics scheduled in the City of Lights, Paris.
In less than 365 days, the world’s most prestigious sporting event, the Paris Olympics, will echo our Kenyan warriors’ footsteps, whose passion, perseverance, and raw talent have carved a path of triumph on the international stage. They have repeatedly shown us that greatness knows no barriers when fueled by a lion’s heart and a Maasai warrior’s soul.
Our athletes, the torchbearers of hope and inspiration, have dedicated their lives to honing their skills, sacrificing their sweat, and overcoming every obstacle in pursuit of Olympic glory. Their stories are etched into the very fabric of our nation and it continues to be a journey sometimes with challenges. The journey provides great moments of celebration and triumph
Today, we wholeheartedly embrace the clarion call of the IOC President, to become stronger, run faster, and reach higher in all our endeavors in life but most importantly to build a better world through sports.
We know as we celebrate this day several athletes and teams are out of the country participating in qualifying competitions.
Double Olympic marathon Champion, Eliud Kipchoge aims to make history to be the first man to win the Olympic Marathon three times in a row, “The only way to live longer is to enjoy sports and I continue to inspire my fellow athletes in this journey.
The extraordinary exploits of Faith Kipyegon, holder of three World Records in the 1500m, 5000m, and 1 Mile, have left us in awe. As a double Olympic champion, she exemplifies Fearless Faith, living by her motto. As she explained to me, motherhood’s unwavering mental strength bestowed upon her has propelled her to surmount every obstacle in her path.
With the 2024 Olympics on the horizon, Faith sets her sights on the impossible, aiming to surpass all expectations.
Hundreds of other athletes are in intensive training at various locations. We appreciate the hard work put in and continue to support them in their journey to the Olympics. The Journey is part of the objective as with every competition, they gain experience and grow in the development of their competition levels.
What an opportune time to reflect on the values of Olympism; Excellence, Respect, and Friendship Values form the strong foundation on which we promote culture, sports, and education in Kenya. Let us rally around our athletes, the living embodiment of our nation’s pride, and propel them with our unwavering support, encouragement, and love.
The NOC-K will commemorate this great day for 24 hours as we count down activities and preparations for the great Olympics next year. I call on us to rise together, as a nation, as a family, as a tribe, and as Kenyans, and show the world the boundless spirit of Kenya – the spirit that defies limitations, conquers the impossible and embraces victory with humility