This means it must convene an urgent stakeholders’ conference to agree on the venue and also ensure all affiliate federations are on track with their qualifying competitions.

It must also ensure that all Olympics-bound athletes have training and competition equipment well in advance and are well financed for these important Games.


Travel bookings must also be secured early, given the huge pressure on flights ahead of the Games, making them expensive.

Kenya’s traditional over-reliance on track and field for medals can only be broken through proper, early preparations. Today’s landmark date should, therefore, serve as a wake-up call.

Lastly, we hope the ghosts of Kenya’s erratic appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics will be exorcised through prudent preparations, free of any malfeasance.

Poor preparations, sheer incompetence by officials and lack of financial fidelity cost Kenya dearly in Brazil and we hope those in charge will learn from the mistakes.

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