In Summary
  • Few of them had their ceremonial uniforms and none of the medallists who arrived wore their medals, even as they picked welcoming flowers from government officials only to evade the traditional dancers.
  • It was a cat-and-mouse game between the media and some athletes with the media practically chasing most of them around for interviews.
  • The Kenya Airways plane carrying the athletes and officials touched down at 6.05am at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from Bangkok, Thailand.

Twenty two members of Team Kenya on Monday morning arrived from the just ended Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to a low key reception as the media struggled to get interviews from them.

Unlike before when the athletes got down to jigs and dances upon their arrival, this time they virtually disembarked incognito with some avoiding press interviews.

Ideally, it has always been pomp and colour when Team Kenya is arriving from a major championships regardless of the results.

Few of them had their ceremonial uniforms and none of the medallists who arrived wore their medals, even as they picked welcoming flowers from government officials only to evade the traditional dancers.

It was a cat-and-mouse game between the media and some athletes with the media practically chasing most of them around for interviews.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 800m silver medallist Margaret Nyairera and 3000m Steeplechase silver medallist Cellphine Chespol at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on April 16, 2018. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 800m silver medallist Margaret Nyairera (left) and 3000m Steeplechase silver medallist Cellphine Chespol at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on April 16, 2018. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The Kenya Airways plane carrying the athletes and officials touched down at 6.05am at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from Bangkok, Thailand.

The government also had provided a shuttle bus to ferry those who didn’t have transport to town but it’s only the table tennis players Sejal Thakkar and Brian Mutua, who used the transport with the rest preferring to take personal means.

Among those to arrive were the new Commonwealth Games 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot, who got silver in the same race.

Cellphine Chespol and Purity Kirui, who claimed silver and bronze in 3,000m steeplechase respectively and Margaret Nyairera, who won silver in 800m, were also among the contingent of 22 to arrive.

The 2015 World javelin champion Julius Yego, who relinquished his Commonwealth title after failing to reach the event’s final and Alex Kiprotich, who reached the javelin final also disembarked alongside coach Julius Kirwa.

It was Kenya’s worse ever show at the “Club Games” since the 1982 Brisbane, Australia Games, collecting 16 medals; four gold, seven silver and five bronze.

Manangoi, who was the Team Kenya captain at the “Club Games” said all stakeholders including the government and sports federation must sit and chart the way forward after the disappointing outing in Gold Coast.

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