- The current NOCK office has been in place since 2017
- Bach says he is impressed with the work they have put in
- The Executive Committee met Bach in Switzerland
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach, has expressed his own and the IOC’s satisfaction with the tremendous transformation that the National Olympic Committee of Kenya has achieved over the last 7 years.
The NOC-K executives were invited to the International Olympic body headquarters to familiarize themselves with the operations and programmes at the top level of the world sporting organization as well as meet and interact with the various heads of departments and IOC leadership.
This was aimed at enhancing the existing collaborations and partnerships that NOC-K and IOC have built and solidified over the last 7 years of turnaround.
Speaking, when he received a delegation from the NOC-K Executive Committee Members in Lausanne, Switzerland, in a historic visit to the Olympic House this week, the President noted that within a short time, Kenyan NOC had become a model Member of the global sporting body with over 200 Olympic members across the world.
In particular, the IOC noted that at the time of the new leadership, Kenya was on the brink of being excluded from membership and support of IOC owing to failure to uphold the expected tenets of the Olympic Movement as stipulated in the guiding Olympic Charter, particularly on best governance practices.
Reporting system enhanced
He said he was very impressed with the enhanced absorption and reporting system of programmes carried out by the National Olympic body in Kenya in the period in focus plus its very transparent processes.
The NOC-K President shared NOC-K’s appreciation to the IOC, particularly the President, for the patience and support during the turnaround exercise. He assured the IOC of NOC-K’s athlete-centered approach in line with the IOC Agenda 2020+5 strategic direction framework.
The NOC-K Executive was also able to present various achievements and future plans geared towards further growth and development of the organization, Kenyan sports, and athletes to the various IOC departments, especially the Olympic Solidarity that runs the IOCs programs for NOCs.
Unlock more support
As a result, NOC-K was able to unlock more grants of support to the various Olympic values-centered programs, which will continue growing the robust unveiled programs by NOC-K.
Kenya is currently preparing for the 2024 Games in Paris, and the visit to the IOC headquarters was a positive step especially in terms of getting Kenyan athletes bigger favours for scholarships and grants.