Building a champion takes time, planning and huge resources and this what the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) bases their facts on building future champions who have huge potentials in years ahead.
This plan and strategy to be accomplish will take ten years of master planning. We will miss the train by a wide margin if we wait until 2030 to begin planning for the 2032 Olympic Games. We must prepare, and we already have several plans to do so
This was part of the laid down strategy said by NOC-K who have told Kenyan athletes to prepare for a vigorous competitive season ahead.
Speaking during the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) seminar with sports journalists under the umbrella of Sports Journalists Association in Mombasa, Francis Mutuku the NOC-K secretary general said they have a huge plan for the 2032 Olympic Games that will be held in Brisbane Games.
“Building a champion takes ten years. We will have missed the train by a wide margin if we wait until 2030 to begin planning for the 2032 Olympic Games. We must thus prepare, and we already have several plans to do so,” said Mutuku.
“We’re worried and want to get our lost medals back,” he observed. Mutuku said a plethora of non-traditional disciplines would be promoted in the country to boost Team Kenya’s medal potential on the global stage.
“Athletes with unique circumstances, such as Alexandra Ndolo, the first Kenyan scheduled to compete in fencing at the 2024 Olympic Games, must get significant funding. She will motivate future generations.”
“We have been advising our affiliate federations that gains shouldn’t be measured solely by looking at the world beaters the country has already produced. We must consider the future in addition to them. When we do not do this, we are occasionally exposed, like in the case of rugby.”
Mutuku acknowledged the nation’s sustained efforts in eradicating the doping menace.
“We want to make sure we compete honestly and prepare in every way. Before they can even compete, we don’t want our athletes to be characterized right off the bat. We are working together with ADAK and all sports federations to spread the word about clean sports by educating and preparing all important sports stakeholders.
Mutuku said NOC-K had already identified legendary sports personalities in the country to serve as role models in the raging war against substance abuse.
“We have chosen role models who have succeeded while keeping the spirit of running clean, such as great rugby player Humphrey Khayange and double world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri.”