A new high altitude training camp has been opened in Kenya to help athletes with their final preparations for next month's Montreal Olympics.
GV Sign at Kenyan high altitude sports
SV Sports Minister Taaitta Toweett arriving with other officials
SV Toweett cuts ribbon to open camp
SV Toweett being introduced to Keino and other athletes
SV Toweett and other officials walking on track
SV Athletes training in long jump (3 shots)
SV Athlete John Ngeno training on track
SCU Keino with stopwatch looking on
SV Keino coaching John Ngeno
Kenya will be sending a total contingent of 80 sportsmen and women to the Montreal Olympics. The team includes 34 athletes for the track and field events, eight boxers, three shooters and 16 hockey players. The rest of the party is made up of managers and coaches.
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Background: A new high altitude training camp has been opened in Kenya to help athletes with their final preparations for next month's Montreal Olympics.
SYNOPSIS: It is located in the highlands, at Kiganjo. All members of Kenya's track and field team are at present living there, and training in the high altitude conditions.
The country's Sports Minister Mr. Taaitta Toweett, officially opened the camp on Wednesday (23 June). Mr. Toweett was one of prime movers behind getting the camp built in time for pre-Olympic training. Athletes had been in training at the camp for several weeks before the official opening. The boxing team, with several gold medal prospects, is also in training at Kiganjo.
Mr. Toweett was introduced to Kip Keino, considered Kenya's greatest-ever athlete. Keino won two Olympic gold medals and is now the head coach of the Olympic athletic team.
While confident of winning medals, the Kenyan team realises that the competition this year will be stronger than ever before. According to officials, it's unlikely that they will win as many medals as they did at Mexico City in 1968 and Munich in 1972.
The big hope for a medal in the 10,000 metres is John Ngeno, who is being personally coached by Kip Keino. Keino says Ngeno has the strength and tenacity to win the gruelling race.