As Malkia Strikers fight for Olympic spot, they need support

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Malkia Strikers coach Paul Bitok is carried shoulder high by his players after their win against Cameroon during the Olympics qualifier at Palais polyvalent des sports (Paposy) Arena in Yaoundé on January 7, 2020.

For a moment, allow me to put the athletics affairs aside and address the important topic about Kenya and the Olympic Games.

Yes, I know the year has started well for athletics and everything is running super. So far, we have held four cross country meetings and the next stop will be Discovery Cross Country on January 26.

However, allow me to wear my other hat of Team Kenya general manager to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Saying I am excited about Malkia Strikers’ feat would be an understatement.

I’m actually over the moon that the team is steadily on course to qualify for the Olympic Games. For starters, we beat hosts Cameroon 3-2 in our third match and we are set to play Nigeria today in a match where we are starting as favourites.

This is happening after 16 years, considering that the Kenyan volleyball team last played at the Olympic Games in 2004 in Athens, Greece.

The fact that we now have three team sports already qualified for the Olympics (I say qualified since even if the Malkia Strikers fall to Nigeria, which is highly unlikely, mathematically we are well-placed) is an achievement in itself and we need to be proud of ourselves as a country. Remember, Rugby Sevens teams (Shujaa and Lionesses) have already booked their tickets to Tokyo.

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