What you need to know:
- Ndolo, who started to compete for Kenya after ditching her German citizenship in September last year, revealed on her social media platform that she has exhausted her savings and can't fund her preparations
- The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) secretary general Francis Mutuku indicated that they couldn’t have enjoined Ndolo in the Olympic Solidity fund when they are still handling her case
Fencer Alexandra Ndolo is crying out for help to enable her to realise her 2024 Paris Olympics dream appearance for Kenya.
Ndolo said that she can’t single-handedly develop or promote the game of fencing in Kenya without support from anywhere.
Ndolo, who started to compete for Kenya after ditching her German citizenship in September last year, revealed on her social media platform that she has exhausted her savings and can't fund her preparations.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules (Rule 41) regarding matters on athletes nationality at the Olympics, an athlete changing citizenship has to stay out for three years before competing for the adopted country.
However, this period can be reduced or cancelled with agreement from both countries and the IOC Executive Board.
The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) secretary general Francis Mutuku indicated that they couldn’t have enjoined Ndolo in the Olympic Solidarity fund when they are still handling her case.
Mutuku explained that both the Germany and the international fencing federations have cleared Ndolo while they are awaiting for the appeal at IOC to go through. The IOC Executive Board is due to meet in June this year.
“We continue our consultation with the government under these difficult circumstances to know which team or athlete should be funded or not," said Mutuku, adding that they will know in the next two weeks albeit late. “Ndolo is one of the athletes that we have put as medal prospects and need funding.”
'It's time to be honest with myself and with the people around me. I have reached my limit,” said Ndolo. “I hate to admit it, I hate to ask for help, but I feel I can no longer lie especially if those lies are protecting the system that should support me.”
Ndolo said that she doesn’t want to be the one feeding into the narrative of an African country being too disorganised or unwilling to support their high level athletes.
“I am very protective of the way Africa is being perceived on other continents but here is the truth,” said Ndolo.
Ndolo explained that she has organised and financed all her fencing season, which has taken a toll on her financially.
“I have planned, booked and paid for every single training camp and competition. I have traveled to many competitions without my coach and not once taken a physio with me,” said Ndolo on her Instagram page.
As a fencer of her caliber, Ndolo explained that it is not just unusual but unheard of.
“I have completely exhausted my resources and built up a debt that is quite frankly threatening my existence,” said Ndolo, adding that contrary to the common idea of people living in Europe, she isn’t rich.
“I can't afford to promote fencing in Kenya, assure visibility for the young Kenyan athletes, the young Kenyan coaches and provide results for the officials whilst getting no support whatsoever," said Ndolo.