Gesture by Noc-K good

What you need to know:

  • Many sports in Kenya lack basic equipment, hampering good performance on the international or global level.
  • Noc-K should fast-track their plans to construct a high-performance centre in the country where national team players and upcoming talent can train or be groomed from.

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Noc-K) on Friday donated Sh1.5 million competition and training mats to Badminton Kenya (BK) to prepare for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers.

This is the first time the federation was acquiring such equipment with the players having used concrete floors for many years.

The presentation of the four competition and one training mats by Noc-K president Paul Tergat at Aryan Samaj Sports Hall, Parklands, in Nairobi also saw the warring factions in the federation bury the hatch after four years of wrangles.

This came seven weeks after Noc-K presented Sh700,000 training equipment to disciplines that have qualified for the Tokyo Games — rugby, volleyball, tae kwon-do, boxing and athletics.

Basic equipment

Many sports in Kenya lack basic equipment, hampering good performance on the international or global level. Disciplines like tae-kwon-do, karate and boxing have suffered since their respective federations are forced to hire training equipment that are either costly or not to international standards.

It is sad that established sports like boxing and athletics do not have enough equipment for use by their athletes, such as boxing rings and landing mats in pole vault or high jump. Most are borrowed from private forms.

Ultimately, Noc-K should fast-track their plans to construct a high-performance centre in the country where national team players and upcoming talent can train or be groomed from.

In sports, “high performance” has emerged as an umbrella term that captures the enormity, growth and pervasive nature of elite sports on the global scene.

Therefore, such a centre will ensure sportsmen and women can train, use recovery areas and get the performance support they need for their particular sport, all under one roof.