Technical Team Unveiled

Olympics Kenya unveiled its team of five technical personnel who will support Team Kenya for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, comprising of:

  • A Chief Medical Officer or Doctor; Dr. Carole Akoth
  • A Sports psychologist; Kanyali Ilako
  • A Strength & Conditioning Consultant; Geoffrey Kimani
  • A Sports Science expert and; Rosemary Owino
  • A Nutritionist; Mercy Barwecho

NOC-K President, Paul Tergat said the Team was a realization that modern day sports involve incorporating science to improve performance in all aspects of the athlete training and preparation. This was in contrast with old-days rudimentary, rookie approach to sport and competition, which have been overtaken by time. Sports science is now the new frontier. This is what informed NOC-K to reach out to this pool of specialists to be embedded into our team for Tokyo Olympics.’

The technical team is expected to serve all qualified teams for the Olympics Games.The Acting Secretary General of NOC-K, Francis Mutuku observed that the team will journey with Team Kenya all the way to the Games in collaboration with the various team managers and coaches, given the huge amount of work, while each federation could not afford to have such comprehensive technical expertise at the moment.The program will also be a legacy of the Tokyo Olympics, which is largely drawing from lessons of NOC-K’s elite program and is expected that the engagement with team Kenya would result in knowledge transfer to other teams/Games beyond Tokyo. They have been given the mandate to recommend what can be done and, after Tokyo, report on what went right, what to improve on and what to do in future.The panel of experts come in with great experience in managing teams at high level as well as being former athletes.

Dr. Carole Akinyi , a medical doctor and working with the Ministry of Health is a former national hockey player. She was appointed in 2020 as the Chief Medical Officer of Team Kenya, Tokyo 2020 and will be the overall lead of Team Kenya in aspects of medical and remedial support to the players.Kanyali Ilako, a Sports and Performance Psychologist with experience in managing professional athletes in football, swimming and para-athletes both in Kenya and abroad is a former swimmer for the national team.

Rosemary Owino is a sports scientist and a high-performance tennis coach. She has captained the national Davis Cup team.

Geoffrey Kimani is a professional Strength & Conditioning coach with experience in rugby 7s, athletics and football. He was contracted in 2020 to support Team Kenya with strength and conditioning. He has lately ploughed in massive hours and efforts into the athletes to get them back to optimum shape following the pandemic interruption.

Completing the team is Mercy Barwecho, a nutritionist. She has consulted for Team Kenya, offering nutrition services in major Games, including London and Rio Olympics and Commonwealth Games.The technical team started working immediately as most teams settled into camp, including athletics (sprints/short distance), taekwondo, rugby men’s and women as well as the women’s volleyball team. They are expected to assist to make athletes understand the playbook during camp. The playbook is a technical document that needs to be thoroughly understood by the delegation.The Technical Team has a high women representation, which is a major goal in regard to the desirable gender rule in terms of management.