Kenya's Olympic Games team arrived home on Friday (23 July), from Montreal after the boycott when most African countries withdrew their competitors.
Kenya's Olympic Games team arrived home on Friday (23 July), from Montreal after the boycott when most African countries withdrew their competitors. They were protesting over New Zealand's sporting links with South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: A small crowd waited at Nairobi airport to greet the plane. The team was led on to the tarmac by one of the athletes Charles Asati, who carried Kenya's flag. They were greeted by the acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, James Osago, and the Minister of Housing and Social Services. Zachariah Onyonka. Kenya's team will be sorely missed at the Olympics, as its runners and boxers are highly rated. They had been expected to win several medals.
Part of the official welcome home was a display by tribal dancers, but they outnumbered the spectators at the airport. Many of the athletes managed only wry smiles at the dancers and several had already expressed their extreme disappointment at the boycott decision. Mr. Onyonka read a government statement saying that it is not possible to separate sport and politics.