Kenya began vaccinating its Olympic athletes against Covid-19 on Thursday to pave the way for participation in the Tokyo Games.
All 75 athletes in the Olympic team’s bladder at Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium were vaccinated on Thursday. This exercise will also cover the Paralympic teams, rugby sevens and officials working with preparations for the safari rally in Kenya.
“It is important that the athletes are vaccinated against Covid 19. We are now waiting for the current suspension to end so that the athletes can participate in competitive team events,” said the Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya, Francis Mutuku , opposite AFP.
Kenya, a global athletics superpower, is hoping to bring a team of 100 athletes to the scheduled Tokyo Games, which will take place between July 23rd and August 8th.
Kenya was 15th and best African nation at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with a total of 13 medals: six gold, six silver and one bronze medal.
Mutuku said all Olympic hopefuls must participate in the vaccination process, which will target a total of 3,500 athletes, coaches, officials and handlers across the country ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Safari Rally, which will act as the sixth round of the rally World Championships from June 24th to 27th.