NAIROBI, Kenya, May 1 – Kenya’s rich heritage was showcased to the world by Team Kenya for the delayed 2021 Deaflympics on Sunday during the glamorous opening ceremony of the 24th Summer Games in Caxias do Sul, Brazil.
The Kenyan contingent strut on the track the best way they know how, wowing the world with the traditional attire representing Kenyan culture as they soaked in the atmosphere and reality that their Olympic dreams were finally realized.
Kenya’s flag bearers Emily Adhiambo and Calvin Musalia majestically marched in with their faces filled with joy, followed closely by the good-looking team in their ceremonial outfit, the men donning white shirts with beaded cuffs and the ladies in red dresses complete with beaded statement neck pieces.
The rest of the contingent at the terrace stands clapped with glee as the Kenyan delegation was introduced to the close to 1,000 guests who were allowed into the venue for the opening ceremony.
Kenyan delegation at the terraces following the Opening Ceremony of the 24th Summer Deaflympics in Caxias do Sul, Brazil.
The outfit that was locally made by women from the Ushanga Kenya Initiative, promotes the immense contribution towards the empowerment of women from pastoralist and marginalized communities.
Kenya opens its campaign at the Deaflympics tomorrow, Monday (May 2) with handball where the women’s team will face Turkey before the national Deaf women’s football team takes on Japan in their opener on Tuesday (May 3).
The country will be represented by a total of 136 athletes with the other disciplines being men’s and women’s basketball teams, men’s handball, golf and athletics.
In the last edition hosted in Turkey 2017, Kenya hauled 16 medals comprising of 5 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze all coming from athletics and head coach Samuel Kibet has set a target of over 20 medals in Brazil.