Kenyans angry over newly released ‘ugly’ Olympic kit

February 07, 2020 at 08:00 am | News

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

February 07, 2020 at 08:00 am | News

Kenyans have expressed displeasure as Nike released the country’s Olympic kit for the Tokyo Games.

They said the kit was poorly designed and lacked a Kenyan theme with poor shade of the country’s red, black and green colors of its flag.

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Others also said the national flag, positioned at the shoulder of the kit is misplaced. 

The Kenyan National Olympic Committee and Olympic legend, Paul Tergat were in New York at the launch of the kit.

“Witnessing the unveiling of the Team Kenya Kit to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics brings with it vivid memories of my pride and fulfillment when I donned the famous red, green and black national colors to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as well as the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games,” Tergat said.

The official kit includes Team Kenya running tops, armbands, shorts, track pants and hoodies.

This isn’t the first time Team Kenya has been caught up in some Olympic mishap.

In the Rio de Janeiro games in 2016, the team experienced a major contentious issue which ranged from oversized uniforms for the athletes to ‘lost’ kits and late arrival.

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The Tokyo Summer Olympics begins July 24 and runs until Aug. 9, 2020.

Most of the big swimming events will take place over the first week, while the track and field competitions ramp up in the second half.

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