Five Kenyans arrive safely in Korea for winter Games program

Nock-President-Paul-Tergat (right)-with-Act.Sec-General-Mutuku-briefing-the-media-at-a-previous-meeting-at-Nock-offices-Mombasa-Road.Photo by Fred Maingi

Four athletes and one coach have arrived safely in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea for The Dream Program that will run from 6th to 18th January 2020.

Chebet Njeri Koech, 12years, Chumbana Likiza Muhusini 15years and Hassnein Ali Shah 13years, were selected through a competitive process in November 2019 and received full scholarships to attend the program.

Asa Nyariki who has travelled as the coach, is a roller skating coach from Mombasa. The young athletes practice roller skating and have recently been introduced to ice skating, which they practice at Panari Sky Centre.

Daniel Safari 27years, is a former beneficiary of the Program and was selected as a mentor for the subsequent editions. Safari is now a professional alpine skier training in Utah, United States and hopes to qualify as the first Paralympic skier to represent Kenya in the upcoming Beijing Winter Paralympic Games 2022. He will race in two FIS level races while in Korea, sponsored by the Dream Program.

The Dream Program which is a legacy program of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018, seeks to nurture young winter sports talents who can represent the country in Winter Sports in the future. The program aims at introducing these athletes to Winter Sports and mentoring them through the process of becoming competitive athletes.

The program will include an elaborate training camp in; Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing, Bobsled, Short Track, Speed Skating and Figure Skating. It will also include cultural exchange programs and site visits.

According to NOCK Acting secretary General Francis Mutuku,The National Olympic Committee will be rolling out more similar programs throughout the year towards building the country’s capacity and diversity in future Games.


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