Kenya at the Olympics: 1956 - 1996
Njororai, W. W. S.
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Kenya has taken part in nine Olympiads since making her inaugural appearance in 1956 during the Melbourne Games in Australia. To date, Kenya has won a total of 47 medals, including 14 gold, 17 silver and 16 bronze medals. Majority of the medals (85 %) have been won in athletics with the men's team accounting for 30 % of all the medals won. However, apart form the athletes, Kenya has also been represented at the Olympics in six other sport disciplines including boxing, field hockey, judo, shooting, weightlifting and wrestling. Out of all these disciplines, medals have only been won in athletics and boxing. Additionally, women have won only one medal. Thus, out of seven different disciplines, Kenya has produced medal winners in only athletics and boxing. Furthermore, the number of gold medals won at each Olympiad has declined from 5 in 1988 Seoul Olympics to only one in the 1986 Atlanta Games. This decline could be attributed to, among others, the' increasingly crowded athletics calendar leading to possible burnout, the competitiveness of the Olympics trials in athletics leading to top contenders being eliminated, the lack of control over the athletes by KAAA, the greed for money in the grand prix circuit and the increased competition from other countries in similar events. It is recommended that Kenya should diversify her sports disciplines, improve her management of athletes, revive the declining sports disciplines such as hockey and boxing, encourage and expose more women athletes, and incorporate the scientific component in the coaching and management of the athletes as well as other sports persons.