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Kenyans Blast Gov’t Over Athletes’ Poor Reception at JKIA

Eliud Kipchoge and team mates

The Ministry of Sports has come under heavy criticism over poor reception of athletes who participated in the just-concluded Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

In photos that have gone viral on social media, legendary long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge and his colleagues received a cold reception at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after arriving from Japan last night.

Kipchoge and his teammates made their way out of the airport silently unlike their counterparts in Uganda who were welcomed home with pomp yesterday.

Christened the Greatest of All Time (GOAT), Kipchoge defended his marathon title and scooped Kenya’s fourth gold in the 32nd Olympic Games that ended on Sunday.

Kenyan athletes have been arriving home in groups. The first batch arrived in the country on Monday without the usual heroic welcome.

Eliud Kipchoge at JKIA

Kenyans took to social media sites to criticize the government and especially Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed for doing little to appreciate the athletes who topped Africa with 10 medals.

Kenya took the 19th position overall with four gold, four silver and two bronze.

Read: Tokyo Olympics: Eliud Kipchoge Retains Title In Style

A section of Kenyans opined that the government’s failure to appreciate local talents greatly contributed to many changing their nationality to represent other countries in track events.

“This is how Kenyan athletes arrived. Even the people around the airport looked on saying nothing Face with rolling eyes. Sad will be understatement. They performed well, arrived silently with no reception but this morning, hey let us tweet to thank the Cabinet Secretary for sports #AsanteCSAmina,” Abraham Mutai said.

“…Instead of congratulating our athletes and organising a grand reception for them, we have woken up to tweet #AsanteCSAmina to thank the Cabinet Secretary for sports. Are we ok folks?”

“Heroic welcome for Uganda’s Olympic medalists Cheptegei, Kiplimo and Chemutai, who have arrived back in the country from Tokyo. We will keep losing our athletes if we continue mistreating, under-paying but over-taxing our heroes,” Phelix G-Cord tweeted.

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Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege


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