The Kenyan Tokyo 2020 Olympic teams were on 1st October 2021 feted by NOC-K in conjunction with Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) for their exploits at the recently concluded Games.
The athletes were appreciated at the NOC-K Olympics Gala event held at the Carnivore Simba Saloon organized by Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) and the National Olympic Committee – Kenya (NOCK). The event was graced by KBL Head of Marketing, Government representatives from Ministry of Sports, culture and heritage, NOCK President Paul Tergat, Executive members among others.
East African Breweries Limited’s Head of Marketing Beers Anne-Joy Michira said that it was an honor for the company to be associated with the team as sponsors. She further noted the company’s commitment to continue supporting sports in the country.
“It is such an honor as Kenya Breweries to be part of the Team Kenya story throughout the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. As a company, we believe in sports as an important tool for bringing people together, and for that reason we are always committed and ready to support our sportsmen and women, especially during such important events,” said Michira.
Kenya Breweries Limited through its flagship beer brand was an official partner during the Games this year through a sponsorship of Ksh. 45 million that went towards supporting the teams’ preparations and logistics during the games. As part of the partnership, the company was also involved in the production of the Team’s official travelling kit as it also conducted a nationwide campaign dubbed “Cheer Our Champions” to rally Kenyans behind the team.
“I thank the government and our sponsors including KBL for the support we received. The support went a long way in ensuring the team were well prepared for the Games bearing in mind the difficult circumstances we were operating in. For KBL, this was yet another show of commitment by the company to the growth and development of athletics and sports in general in the country. We are pleased that KBL has continued to stand by us even during difficult moments,” said Tergat.
Kenya earned its place on top of the continent in the competition after collecting a total of 10 medals. They won 10 medals – 4 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze. Emmanuel Korir (800 metres), Faith Chepng’etich Kipyegon (1,500m) alongside marathoners Peres Jepchirchir and World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge mined gold, with Hellen Obiri (5,000m), Ferguson Rotich (800m), Timothy Cheruiyot (1,500m) and Brigid Kosgei securing silver. Hyvin Kiyeng and Benjamin Kigen, both in the 3,000m steeplechase scooped bronze
Besides athletics, Kenya featured in Rugby sevens for men and women, boxing, swimming, volleyball, beach volleyball and taekwondo.
On Wednesday 4th October we head to Eldoret to meet Athletes from Athletics- 39 athletes and their officials. NOC-K will be awarding Wilson Kiprugut, the first Kenyan medalist and Kipchoge Keino withb a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Governor to Uasin Gishu Jackson Mandago is also expected to attend.