Kurume, Japan will not host Kenyan athletes due to COVID surges.
The plan for Kenyan athletes to train in the Japanese City of Kurume before the Tokyo Olympics Games has been cancelled due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in Japan.
The announcement comes two months after the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) and Kurume City officials entered a partnership where Kenyan athletes were to train in the city before the Olympics Games.
Team Kenya’s Chef de Mission to Tokyo Olympics Mr Waithaka Kioni said that Kurume City officials scrapped plans for pre-Olympics training because of the resurgent Covid-19 pandemic in Japan.
“Kindly note that Kurume City has sent a communication indicating that they will not host our teams for the previously agreed pre-games training camp,” said Mr Waithaka.
“They have cited the continuing surge in Covid-19 pandemic in Japan as the reason for the withdrawal.”