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Olympics 2024: President Ruto promises Team Kenya 3-month residential pre-season camp

Saturday, September 2nd, 2023 15:38 | By
President William Ruto, DP Rigathi Gachagua, World Championships gold medallists Mary Moraa and Faith Kipyegon. PHOTO/(@WilliamsRuto)/William Ruto/Twitter
President William Ruto, DP Rigathi Gachagua, World Championships gold medallists Mary Moraa and Faith Kipyegon. PHOTO/(@WilliamsRuto)/William Ruto/Twitter

President William Ruto has promised a three-month pre-season training camp for Team Kenya ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Ruto's promise comes a day after his government awarded cash prizes to various teams that represented the country in recent sporting activities around the world.

Ruto's pre-season promise

The head of state believes that early and high-profile preparations will motivate the team during the global bonanza that will be held in France.

"Winning medals starts with meticulous, intense, and quality preparations. For the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France, we will support a three-month residential camp for the Kenyan team.

"This will restore our position as an athletic powerhouse in the world," Ruto said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Malkia Strikers have already booked their place in the upcoming games, and this came after winning the Africa Women's Nations Cup title. By beating Egypt 3-0 in the final held in Yaounde, Cameroon, in August, the volleyball queens not only booked an Olympic title but also registered an unprecedented record, given that the African title is their tenth.

After the World Athletics Championship, the country's focus will be on the upcoming Olympic Games, although there will be some events before the Paris showpiece.

Budapest performance

In the World Championship held in Budapest, Hungary, Kenya won three golds courtesy of Faith Kipyegon, who reigned supreme in the 5000m and 1500m, and Mary Moraa, who defeated a strong field to win the 800m.

President William Ruto, DP Rigathi Gachagua, World Championships gold medallist Mary Moraa and Faith Kipyegon. PHOTO/(@WilliamsRuto)/William Ruto/Twitter
President William Ruto, DP Rigathi Gachagua, World Championships gold medallists Mary Moraa and Faith Kipyegon. PHOTO/(@WilliamsRuto)/William Ruto/Twitter

Daniel Ebenyo managed a silver medal in the 10,000 m, and Beatrice Chepkoech won silver in the 3000m steeplechase. Emmanuel Wanyonyi was a silver medallist in the men's 800m, while Jacob Krop won bronze in the 5000m.

Beatrice Chebet came back home with a bronze in the women's 5000m; Faith Cherotich, 19, won bronze in the 3000m steeplechase; and Abraham Kibiwott settled for third place and bronze in the men's competition.

Commonwealth Games champion Ferdinand Omanyala will hope to post a successful result in the Olympics after finishing seventh in Budapest in the 100m final.

Generally, Team Kenya managed to collect 10 medals in the Budapest showdown that was held between August 19 and 27 and would hope to have a far better campaign in Paris next year.

In the standings, Kenya beat Ethiopia to first place in the Africa rankings and were fifth in the overall standings.

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