National Olympics Committee and the Kenyan government have finalized a pre-Olympic training camp partnership agreement with Kurume City administration.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the two parties on Thursday in Nairobi.
The one-month camp will have team Kenya pitch camp in Kurume City to train ahead of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics Games, which will take place from July 24 to August 9.
The agreement was signed by the Sports CS Amina Mohammed, the sports PS Joe Okudo, and NOC-K president Paul Tergat together with Kurume City vice Mayor Toshitaka Nakashima, and Fukuoka Prefecture Deputy Governor Akie Oomaga.
“Kenya and Japan have had a good relationship, and with the signing of this memorandum, we will see to it that the Kenyan team gets access to contemporary training services that will enable the country get the best performance at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.” Said CS Amina.
The NOC-K president Paul Tergat said that the main reason to enter into an agreement with Kurume City is to ensure that Kenyan athletes will be trained well for excellent performance in the upcoming games.
“We entered this partnership with Kurume City in the knowledge that our final success depends on how well our athletes are prepared. This deal has come at the ideal time,” he said.
According to Tergat, so far, Women’s volleyball team and rugby Sevens teams’ places in the Summer Games is already secured with more than 30 athletes meeting the qualification standards.
Tergat expressed their confidence in the preparations ongoing, stating that, “We expect to take the largest group ever.”
Kurume City vice Mayor Toshitaka Nashakima on his part, commended the partnership assuring Team Kenya that they will be hosted well in Kurume City as they prepare for the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics.
“Kurume City will take the initiative to make sure the Kenyan team is well taken care of during their pre-Olympics preparations,” stated Mr. Nashakima.
However, NOC-K did not reveal the cost of the deal with Kurume City.
NOC-K secretary General Francis Mutuku only said: “The Kurume City has agreed to cater for the team.”