Kenya To Train As Planned In Japan Ahead Of Tokyo Games
Muhammad Irfan 10 days ago Fri 04th June 2021 | 05:00 PM
Nairobi, June 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Jun, 2021 ) :Kenya said Friday its preparations for Tokyo would go ahead as planned and blamed a "misunderstanding" for Olympic officials believing their Japanese hosts had cancelled the team's pre-Games training camp.
The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) announced earlier this week that the Japanese city of Kurume has withdrawn from hosting the Kenyan team for a two-week training camp due an upsurge of coronavirus infections in the city.
But the mayor of Kurume denied this ever occurred, with Japanese officials in Nairobi saying the matter had been "erroneously reported".
"The City of Kurume has and will continue to conduct thorough preparations to receiving the Kenyan athletes in the beginning of July," said Yoko Onishi, director of the Japanese Information and Culture Centre at the Embassy of Japan in Nairobi.
"We're happy the issue has been resolved and we will keep on with our Olympic training programme as planned. There seemed to have a misunderstanding of the information between us and Kurume," he said.
"The preparations will go on locally before the team's departure on July 5 for Kurume." On Tuesday, NOCK said Kenya's pre-Games schedule had suffered "a big setback" after Kurume city officials said its sporting facilities had been taken over and were being utilised as vaccination centres.