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Kit delays frustrate Commonwealth Games athletes

15 July 2014, 12:48

Nairobi - Several athletes from 14 different disciplines will head to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games without new kits to train or participate in.

So far, of all the athletes that have left the country for Scotland for this month’s Games, only the sevens rugby team have been issued with both training and playing kit.

The participants in judo and shooting were told to use old personal kits for training, while athletes from boxing, mountain bike cycling, squash, table tennis and weightlifting have left the country without any kit.

Team Kenya executive officer James Chacha dismissed suggestions that the national body was to blame, claiming that kit supplier Nike is at fault.

"We requested for the kits much early but the company delayed in delivering them," said Chacha. 

"We have been receiving kits in batches and we really don’t know why."

Chacha added that the country’s athletes are likely to have their kits shipped directly to the venue, as was the case at the 2006 Melbourne and 2012 Delhi Games.

"That shouldn’t happen since every competitor should receive everything while still at home," explained Chacha.

"Right now we are bound by the contract by Nike and we can’t do anything at the moment. The athletes are putting up with what is there before they get their full kit."

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