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Kenyanen weigeren Nike shirt

21 januari 2014 (0 reacties)

Athletics officials reject the new-look Nike kit

Door Peter Njenga

Kenyan officials here have rejected the new Nike kit meant for use in the competition. Their big complaint were the different colours. “Return it to them,” David Miano told Peter Angwenyi, the AK public relations officer, after inspecting the kit. Miano consulted with team officials and coaches, all who rejected the kit. Athletes, too, refused to wear it after consulting with their captain, John Kibowen.

“We willen er als Kenyanen uitzien”
Their bone of contention is Nikes lack of consistency on Kenyan colours. The original replica has been going like hot cake in Nairobi as Kenyans want to identify with the national teams in major competition. The American apparel manufacturer changed colours on the Kenyan uniform. Unlike what the world is accustomed to – all the four colours of the national flag – the new kit, red shots and black tops for women and vise versa for men, looks pretty plain. The athletes refused to wear it after consulting with their captain, John Kibowen. Instead, the team will use the old training kit they had carried from Nairobi during competition. Angwenyi was left with the onus of sorting out the issue with Athletics Kenya chairman, Isaiah Kiplagat.
“We had registered our national colours and it is too late to make changes,” said Angwenyi. “We want to look like Kenyans, not just any other team.”

Contract
Nike has an exclusive contract with Athletics Kenya to provide kit for athletes taking part in international competition, on top of an annual US$800,000 (Sh54 million) sponsorship. National Olympic Committee of Kenya has a similar contract with Nike for other disciplines taking part in the Olympics, Commonwealth and All Africa Games. Meanwhile, everybody has rolled their sleeves ready for todays Future Events Luncheon at the Jal Resort Sea Hawk Hotel, led Mombasa Mayor Sharrif Shekue.
“It has to be perfect,” said the Mayor helping place the authentic Kenyan Maasai rungus, kikois, curvings, tea and calenders bearing the portrait of President Mwai Kibaki on the tables. “They have to feel that they are in Mombasa already and I have learnt a lot as the host,” said the mayor, whose first glimpse of big sporting events was during last years world athletics championships in Helsinki, Finland. In the background, CEO Isaac Kalua, KCB managing director Wachira Waruru, NTV head of television Alex Kobia and KTB representative Oburu spent the whole day assisted by Japanese help hands to set the hall. Kenyan beats provided the background sound. The Mombasa championships, held under the aegis of the IAAF, will be supported by three of the federations global partners, including adidas, who will be recognised today. Organisers will also honour the long serving IAAF secretary general Istvan Gyulai of Hungary posthumously.

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Kenyanen weigeren Nike shirt

31 maart 2006 (0 reacties)

Athletics officials reject the new-look Nike kit

Door Peter Njenga

Kenyan officials here have rejected the new Nike kit meant for use in the competition. Their big complaint were the different colours. “Return it to them,” David Miano told Peter Angwenyi, the AK public relations officer, after inspecting the kit. Miano consulted with team officials and coaches, all who rejected the kit. Athletes, too, refused to wear it after consulting with their captain, John Kibowen.

“We willen er als Kenyanen uitzien”
Their bone of contention is Nikes lack of consistency on Kenyan colours. The original replica has been going like hot cake in Nairobi as Kenyans want to identify with the national teams in major competition. The American apparel manufacturer changed colours on the Kenyan uniform. Unlike what the world is accustomed to – all the four colours of the national flag – the new kit, red shots and black tops for women and vise versa for men, looks pretty plain. The athletes refused to wear it after consulting with their captain, John Kibowen. Instead, the team will use the old training kit they had carried from Nairobi during competition. Angwenyi was left with the onus of sorting out the issue with Athletics Kenya chairman, Isaiah Kiplagat.
“We had registered our national colours and it is too late to make changes,” said Angwenyi. “We want to look like Kenyans, not just any other team.”

Contract
Nike has an exclusive contract with Athletics Kenya to provide kit for athletes taking part in international competition, on top of an annual US$800,000 (Sh54 million) sponsorship. National Olympic Committee of Kenya has a similar contract with Nike for other disciplines taking part in the Olympics, Commonwealth and All Africa Games. Meanwhile, everybody has rolled their sleeves ready for todays Future Events Luncheon at the Jal Resort Sea Hawk Hotel, led Mombasa Mayor Sharrif Shekue.
“It has to be perfect,” said the Mayor helping place the authentic Kenyan Maasai rungus, kikois, curvings, tea and calenders bearing the portrait of President Mwai Kibaki on the tables. “They have to feel that they are in Mombasa already and I have learnt a lot as the host,” said the mayor, whose first glimpse of big sporting events was during last years world athletics championships in Helsinki, Finland. In the background, CEO Isaac Kalua, KCB managing director Wachira Waruru, NTV head of television Alex Kobia and KTB representative Oburu spent the whole day assisted by Japanese help hands to set the hall. Kenyan beats provided the background sound. The Mombasa championships, held under the aegis of the IAAF, will be supported by three of the federations global partners, including adidas, who will be recognised today. Organisers will also honour the long serving IAAF secretary general Istvan Gyulai of Hungary posthumously.

© Daily Nation

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