Kenya's 38-man team which competed in the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh last week, was given a State welcome when it arrived back in Nairobi on Wednesday (July 29).
Kenya's 38-man team which competed in the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh last week, was given a State welcome when it arrived back in Nairobi on Wednesday (July 29). President Kenyatta received the team at State House later that day.
The captain, Kipchoge Keino led the team out of the aircraft to be welcomed by a cheering crowd of more than 1,000 people, including a band and traditional dancers. The Kenyan Vice-President and Minister for Home Affairs, Daniel Arap Moi, was at the airport to personally welcome the successful team. Also there to greet the triumphant team were all of Kenya's Ministers and M.P.s.
The Kenyan team collected five gold, six silver and three bronze medals at the Edinburgh games. They were placed fifth overall in the medals table behind England, Australia, Canada and Scotland. Over forty Commonwealth nations took part in the competition this year.
The Kenyan stars however showed how powerful they were by finishing first in the medal table for the track events. This is even more remarkable considering the disappointing performances by Naftali Temu, the defending champion and Olympic gold medallist, in the 10,000 metres; and the team captain, Kipchoge Keino in the 5,000 metres.
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Later in the day, members of the team were presented to President Jomo Kenyatta at a special luncheon held in State House, Nairobi.
The team spent two days sight-seeing in London before returning to Kenya.