NOC-K unveils officials for Paris Olympics
The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) has appointed Shadrack Maluki as the Chief de Mission to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The announcement was made by the Sports Cabinet Secretary, Ababu Namwamba.
With 542 days to what will be its 18th appearance at the Games, NOC-K has handed over the lead team names to the Cabinet Secretary with a promise- Delivering exceptional Results.
“This is a position you should all hold with great responsibility. We look forward to working with integrity and principles of governance. To ensure we deliver one of the best organized and managed teams. We had a meeting this morning with the previous management and the new team and we can confidently say, the ship has disembarked,” said Paul Tergat.
Maluki, who is the president of the Judo federation, who was recently elected as the Chairman of the continental federation, reflected on the past performance at the Tokyo Games where Kenya bagged four gold, four silver and two bronze medals. He is optimistic that Team Kenya will surpass that historic performance under his leadership as he picks from former CDM Waithaka Kioni.
The Cabinet Secretary applauded NOC-K for constituting the management team 18 months in advance adding this is the direction National Sports bodies and federations should follow.
“Kenya’s road to Paris 2024 has hit the superhighway and I want to thank Tergat and his team for accelerating the preparations for the games,” said Namwamba, adding that other members of the lead team and those in the Steering Committee will be made public soon.”
NOC-K has also announced the Chief Executive Officer as Wanjiru Karani. The former tennis player is also a Secretary General Tennis Kenya and holds a level II Coaches Certificate and an Executive Masters in Sports Organization Management (MEMOS).
“My working philosophy is founded on the Values of sport- Fair Play, Respect, Friendship, courage and equity. My role is key in leading the secretariat and the Games Management in ensuring the dreams of our athletes are actualized. We are the backbone of good performance at the Games. Performance starts at preparation.”