NOCK budgets half a billion for Rio Olympics

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) has begun trying to raise $5.3 million (about Sh540 million), which it says it needs to send the country’s team to the 31st Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next year.

The sum will be used to cater for 80 to 100 individual athletes and two team sports — men’s rugby sevens and either women’s football or volleyball.

Kenya sent just 51 athletes to the last Olympics in London and brought home 2 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals, all won by track and field athletes.

The budget for that outing was a more modest $3.1 million (Sh270 million).

Announcing the budget at the launch of the fundraising initiative, NOCK chairman Kipchoge Keino said the choice of a training venue was also a factor in the costs involved. Unable to find facilities in Rio, NOCK is looking at Sao Paulo, some 350km away, and expects to incur extra transport costs.