- President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the first batch of athletes to represent Kenya in the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, July 8
- At the same time, it was announced that team Kenya would be fully kitted for the first time
- Kenyans, however, met the new kit design with varied reactions
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Kenyans expressed mixed reactions on Thursday, July 8, after the unveiling of the country’s kits for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday officially flagged off the first batch of Kenyan athletes to represent the country in the upcoming Olympics.
The first batch will travel to Kurume City in Japan for the Pre-Olympics training camp.
National women’s volleyball team Malkia Strikers were the first to depart on Thursday while the men’s and women’s rugby teams will depart tomorrow and Saturday respectively.
Amid the excitement and anxiety on how the country would fair in the upcoming Olympics, some Kenyans took their attention to the kits.
It is the first time the athletes are fully kitted for the duration of the Olympics, in a move which Sports CS Amina Mohammed says is aimed at helping boost the athletes’ morale while also boosting the Kenyan brand and image abroad.
The design of the kits has taken a leaf from the beehive concept whole also incorporating the national colors.
The creativity was certainly there, but sections of Kenyans were not particularly impressed with the design.
“The kits make our athletes look like desert tortoises(Gopherus agassizii). Only that they have 2 legs.” One said.
“I thought we had refused these kits last time your excellency, they were determined to bring it back? Anyway, it’s done. All the best team Kenya. I am sure with your leadership hawatalala nje and hungry like Rio.” Another added.
“Well in ambassador. We wish them well. We can do better with the kits though. Next time let’s get an opinion before we make the order,” Said another.
“What kind of track suits is this. So boring to look at?”
It was not all negativity as some Kenyans actually appreciated the government’s efforts to kit-up the athletes ahead of the Tokyo spectacle.
“Yup the Olympic kit for team Kenya is dope,” said a much more enthusiastic Kenyan.
“Slight improvement from the last kits,”
Others were simply happy of the fact that the athletics team Kenya comprised largely of ladies.
“This is really great of team Kenya, putting women on equal footing at the Olympics. There are two women boxers, a taekwondo athlete, two volleyball teams – beach and indoor, track athletes and a 7s team,” a Kenyan under the handle @evelynwatta observed.
Julius Yego’s woes
Despite the optimism surrounding team Kenya ahead of the Olympics, not everyone is looking forward to the events.
Javelin legend Julius Yego, particularly made his feelings known when he recently announced he would be withdrawing his captaincy.
Yego, who won a silver medal during the Rio Olympics took to social media to renounce his captaincy, citing lack of support in his preparations for the Tokyo Summer Games.
This came barely days after he revealed he was training alone, without any professional coaching.
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