The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K), Sports Secretary Wilson Lang’at, Athletics Kenya, Technical officials and Athletes held a crisis meeting yesterday 16th July 2012 at Sports Centre Kasarani to resolve the pressing issue of travelling dates of the athletes who will take part in the London Olympics.
The meeting was a result of simmering scuffle between the committee and some elite athletes who refused to travel on the day set by the committee citing that the weather in Bristol training camp in London is not suitable for them.
The committee bowed to pressure and allowed the athletes to travel on dates suitable to them.
But this means that the runners will not take in the team match parade which will be graced by President Mwai Kibaki on July 27th marking the official opening of the London 2012 Games at the Olympic Park, as the bulk of the team will leave the country three days later.
Sports secretary professor Wilson Langat said “Because of their training program they have seen it fit to go later and this is for the good of the nation. We have all agreed on a very good program that will satisfy everyone.”
Initially NOC-K had planned to have majority of the athletes depart this Sunday after the earlier attempt to have them train in Bristol failed to materialize. However, a team of boxers, swimmers, field event and relays team is already in Bristol.
The resolving of the departure dates disagreement is a welcome relief to both the athletes and their coaches as they can now concentrate on preparing for the forthcoming games.