Team to train in ‘lockdown’ over Covid spike

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 00:00 | By
National Olympic Committee-Kenya vice president Shadrack Maluki during a past Nock function. PHOTO/David Ndolo

Kenya’s team preparing for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games entered a bubble camp on Monday as the sixth wave of the coronavirus continues to sweep through the country.

National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) vice-chairman, Shadrack Maluki, said the move has been taken following the recent spike in Covid-19 infections in the East African nation.

“It’s going to be a bubble camp, no going out or coming in and no visitors who have no business here. This is just to protect our athletes because those are the reasons why we are here,” Maluki said in a statement issued on Monday evening. He added the enhanced Covid-19 protocols were necessary to ensure resources spent on the team that has been in residential training for over a month are not affected by the latest rise in infections.

“We all know there are cost implications and the government has done everything possible to ensure our goals and objectives are well achieved and the welfare of our athletes comes first,” Maluki added.

Team Kenya to the Birmingham 2022 General Team Manager, Evans Bosire, announced the athletes would be subjected to regular testing for COVID-19 ahead of their departure to the UK.  

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