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Let’s face it, Gold Coast was a terrible, unpatriotic outing

3 months ago, 17 Apr 05:30

By: Elias Makori

Like vultures airborne, surveying their prey, Team Kenya critics gleefully hovered around the country’s performance at the just concluded Commonwealth Games in Australia, waiting to pounce on a hearty meal.

From armchair journalists to bloggers, coaches and non-travelling officials, they all pointed accusing fingers at the team’s management for, first, delaying the arrival of gold medals Down Under and, second, failing to match or surpass our performance four years ago in Glasgow.

Journalists who made the long trip to Queensland to document Kenya’s performances were also caught in the cross-fire, accused of “not telling the story.”

We were even branded “fake” journalists, because the “real journalists” would have unearthed the rot in Team Kenya’s camp at the Griffins University and helped unlock an avalanche of gold, silver and bronze medals.

The “real journalists” would have snatched Kenya from the jaws of indignity.

WhatsApp groups were set ablaze by a deafening salvo of heavy artillery aimed at the Media Centre on Broadbeach, from where Kenyan journalists typed away “feeble” copy.

Bundles on end were consumed, en masse, in a carefully choreographed charade.

Well, the critics had a point.

Their predatory instincts were spot on.

Journalists accredited for the games were, perhaps, “not candid” or “nosy” enough.

Perhaps, we were too much on the patriotic side, and in bed with a woeful Team Kenya on a legendary free-fall.

And that’s why Kenya nosedived and could muster only 17 medals (four gold, seven silver and six bronze), a massive slump from the Glasgow performance where the country minted 25 medals (10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze).

The critics were prophetic.

But I, prophetically, did express my reservations weeks ago, arguing that we could be headed for a disaster of hurricane proportions Down Under because of mediocre team selection.

A men’s marathon team that could easily have passed for a pensioners’ queue.

The mediocrity wasn’t just in athletics, but also in other sports, with federations more interested in making up the numbers and raking in per diems, rather than placing country before self.

The humiliation we were handed in the boxing ring, on the wrestling mats, squash courts and in the swimming pool were a fitting reward for an indifferent approach to these games.

An approach that saw undeserving athletes, in many of the disciplines, get the tickets to Gold Coast only to embarrass the nation.

Competitors who have no iota of respect for the national flag on their chests.

Who care less about bringing up the rear with the name ‘Kenya’ on their t-shirts and singlets.

They must learn from the Australians who collectively weep as a nation when their cricketers tamper with balls to win cricket games, rather than bowl toe-crunching yorkers to get the wickets.

It was reassuring to see a dozen Kenyan parliamentarian booked in five-star Gold Coast hotels, here to ostensibly “benchmark.”

I’m confident that there will be a flurry of sports activity on the Order Paper, and the honourable members will inject their Gold Coast experiences into debates on the floors of the upper and lower houses.

And that the Sports Cabinet Secretary, Rashid Echesa, and Principal Secretary Kirimi ...
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Let’s face it, Gold Coast was a terrible, unpatriotic outing

3 months ago, 17 Apr 05:30

By: Elias Makori

Like vultures airborne, surveying their prey, Team Kenya critics gleefully hovered around the country’s performance at the just concluded Commonwealth Games in Australia, waiting to pounce on a hearty meal.

From armchair journalists to bloggers, coaches and non-travelling officials, they all pointed accusing fingers at the team’s management for, first, delaying the arrival of gold medals Down Under and, second, failing to match or surpass our performance four years ago in Glasgow.

Journalists who made the long trip to Queensland to document Kenya’s performances were also caught in the cross-fire, accused of “not telling the story.”

We were even branded “fake” journalists, because the “real journalists” would have unearthed the rot in Team Kenya’s camp at the Griffins University and helped unlock an avalanche of gold, silver and bronze medals.

The “real journalists” would have snatched Kenya from the jaws of indignity.

WhatsApp groups were set ablaze by a deafening salvo of heavy artillery aimed at the Media Centre on Broadbeach, from where Kenyan journalists typed away “feeble” copy.

Bundles on end were consumed, en masse, in a carefully choreographed charade.

Well, the critics had a point.

Their predatory instincts were spot on.

Journalists accredited for the games were, perhaps, “not candid” or “nosy” enough.

Perhaps, we were too much on the patriotic side, and in bed with a woeful Team Kenya on a legendary free-fall.

And that’s why Kenya nosedived and could muster only 17 medals (four gold, seven silver and six bronze), a massive slump from the Glasgow performance where the country minted 25 medals (10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze).

The critics were prophetic.

But I, prophetically, did express my reservations weeks ago, arguing that we could be headed for a disaster of hurricane proportions Down Under because of mediocre team selection.

A men’s marathon team that could easily have passed for a pensioners’ queue.

The mediocrity wasn’t just in athletics, but also in other sports, with federations more interested in making up the numbers and raking in per diems, rather than placing country before self.

The humiliation we were handed in the boxing ring, on the wrestling mats, squash courts and in the swimming pool were a fitting reward for an indifferent approach to these games.

An approach that saw undeserving athletes, in many of the disciplines, get the tickets to Gold Coast only to embarrass the nation.

Competitors who have no iota of respect for the national flag on their chests.

Who care less about bringing up the rear with the name ‘Kenya’ on their t-shirts and singlets.

They must learn from the Australians who collectively weep as a nation when their cricketers tamper with balls to win cricket games, rather than bowl toe-crunching yorkers to get the wickets.

It was reassuring to see a dozen Kenyan parliamentarian booked in five-star Gold Coast hotels, here to ostensibly “benchmark.”

I’m confident that there will be a flurry of sports activity on the Order Paper, and the honourable members will inject their Gold Coast experiences into debates on the floors of the upper and lower houses.

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