The Kenya women’s volleyball team, Malkia Strikers, stepped out for the Tokyo Olympics Games in style as the first batch of Team Kenya departs to Japan.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday presented the Kenyan contingent with the official kit at State House, Nairobi, during the official send-off ceremony.
The first batch of the volleyball squad left Nairobi on Thursday evening with the second batch expected to follow the day after for a mandatory two-week acclimatization camp in Kurumu city.
The Summer Games will officially kick off on July 23rd in Tokyo.
The Kenyan uniform is inspired by Kenya’s national colours.
“Kenyan sports has always attracted the best talents in the country and our values of hard work and service are deeply entrenched in our athletes. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is another opportunity for us to promote disqualifies that position us for success in the sporting world,” President Kenyatta said.
Team Kenya will travel in batches as a precautionary measure to wade through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The arrangement, though, will see Paul Bitok miss at least three days of training together with the full squad.
Kenya has been drawn in a tough Group A alongside hosts Japan, Brazil Korea and the Dominican Republic.
Pool B has China, USA, Russia, Italy, Argentina and Turkey.
Another African representative, Tunisia (men) have been poled with Brazil, USA-, Russia, Argentina and France in group B, while group A has Japan, Poland, Italy, Canada, Iran and Venezuela