In the words of Nelson Mandela, the doyen of African history, Sport has the power to change the world….it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.
During the next two weeks, the sporting world will be speaking the same language as the 31st edition of Olympic Games takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The second contingent of Team Kenya, mainly track athletes, left the country on Sunday to join the first party that left earlier for the Quadra-annual sporting extravaganza that will bring together more than 200 National Olympic Committees in the Brazilian city.
As the larger team jetted out of the country, determination, confidence and resilient was manifested in the faces of every team member as each exhibited element of buoyancy ahead of these decorated competitions.
“We are confident of performing well in Rio. We have put a lot in the teamwork and training. We will follow the same script during the competitions,” said World 10,000metres champion Vivian Cheruiyot as she bid her family bye before leaving on Sunday.
Once again, Kenyans will put their difference aside as the nation unite and take pride in the exploits that our Kenyan Brand Ambassadors will do in marketing the country in the world through their patriotic performance particularly in the athletics discipline.
On Friday this week, Kenya would be expecting her maiden medals when World Champion Vivian Cheruiyot, Africa Champion Alice Aprot and Betsy Saina compete in the women’s 10,000metres.
Not to be underrated is also the pair of Samuel Gathiba and Simon Wachira who, after exhibiting unmatched performance in Africa Senior Championships in June this year, are medal prospects in the men’s 20Kilometres walk.
More medals will be will be on the way on Saturday night when athletics maestro Geoffrey Kamworor, fearless Bedan Karoki and revered and Paul Tanui utilize their energy and experience in the Men’s 10,000 metres final at 21.25 Pm.
Marathoners Jemimah Samgung, Visiline Chepkesho and Hellah Kiprop will be leaving nothing to chance on Sunday as they seek history by winning the country the coveted gold medal that has remained elusive in the country’s women marathon narration.
The country will remain in on tenterhooks mood with enthusiastic fans and the country in general cheer Team Kenya as our athletes unfurl the national flag in every event.
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