NOCK issues Scholarships to 11 athletes for Paris 2024
he athletes were nominated by their respective federations and presented by NOC-K to Olympic Solidarity for vetting by their International Federations based on their rankings and performances.
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The National Olympic Committee of Kenya has issued scholarships to 11 athletes to help them prepare and qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games to be staged in Paris.
The athletes were nominated by their respective federations and presented by NOC-K to Olympic Solidarity for vetting by their International Federations based on their rankings and performances.
Each of the scholarship holders will receive a monthly subsidy from now until August 2024 to support their training and qualification costs.
This includes specialised coaching services, equipment, local/overseas training, regular medical assistance and monitoring and other items that would assist the athletes so that they can focus on their journey to prepare and qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Among those who have been issued with the scholarship includes African Junior Tennis Champion Angela Okutoyi who is currently preparing for the Roland Garros in Paris, France.
“The awards mean that the IFs have confidence that the athletes have the potential to qualify for the Olympics if they put in the work. The scholarships were given based on exemplary performance in the past and present of an athlete and what the future towards the Olympic Games at a glance seems,” said NOC-K Secretary General Francis Mutuku.
NOC-K first vice president Waithaka Kioni, also the boss of the Kenya Volleyball Federation said; “We aim to place the athlete at the center of everything. This scholarship award to the eleven athletes will hopefully boost our qualification and performance as Team Kenya towards Paris 2024.”
Among other athletes to land the lucrative scholarships include Commonwealth Games boxing bronze medalist Christine Ongare, United Kingdom based swimmer Danilo Rosafio, Javelin thrower Alexander Kiprotich, Brian Mutua of table tennis, Mahabila Mathayo Matonya of Wrestling, Samuel Muturi of canoe & rowing, Zonal Triathlon champion Josette Umi Njeri, Cyclist Nancy Akinyi, Sharon Wakoli of taekwondo and Priscilla Mburu from sports shooting.