Let’s fully back Team Kenya for Tokyo Olympics 

President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta, flanked by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, hands over the Kenyan flag to national Sevens rugby team captain Andrew Omonde at State House, Nairobi ahead of Team Kenya's departure to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

Photo credit: PSCU

What you need to know:

  • At least 11,000 athletes from 206 countries are expected at the Olympics, besides thousands of fans, support teams and hospitality staff.
  • The athletes and the support crews face the threat of catching Covid-19 in this high-risk environment

The Olympic games are geared to begin in Tokyo in a couple of weeks. And it has become evident that rules as regards athlete participation are not applied equally. One key example is the refusal for Olympian swimmers to wear swimming caps designed to accommodate the voluminous curls common to African and African-descended peoples. The International Swimming Federation said the caps “do not follow the natural form of the head”. This racist statement met massive uproar and is currently under review.

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