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Given that many Kenyan elite athletes embrace this year's African games, it is encouraging to see that the country is a strong one Team to Rabat sends athletics events start today.

The championships will be of additional importance as a testing ground for the athletes competing at the IAAF World Championships in Doha next month.

And just after the Nairobi National Athletics Championships last week, the games provide a crucial springboard as athletes move nationally from the domestic to the continental level, hoping to peak during the global Doha showcase ,

These tasks should be fulfilled to advance the preparations for the Tokyo Olympics next year.

Kudos to the Team Kenya for the medals won in Rabat, especially at beach volleyball, taekwondo and mountain bike competitions.

The women's volleyball team had a brilliant start in defeating African champions Cameroon Kenya was recently defeated in the final of the African Women's Volleyball Championship in Cairo.

We hope that the Kenyan officials will maintain momentum to ensure a smooth preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

Also encouraging is the goodwill of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who gathered with various teams last week to wish them all the best in their upcoming missions.

We have often expressed the need to expand the network and not just rely on the racetrack and field events for medals, hence the importance of early beach volleyball, taekwondo and mountain bike medals.

These medalists have performed well and only need additional resources and exposure to compete for the podium in Tokyo.

We hope that the ongoing money crisis affecting our athletes from important missions is a thing of the past.

All the best, Team Kenya, and congratulations on the first medals.

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