Paris Olympics 2024: Mixed Reactions as Nike Releases Team Kenya’s Official Kit

Paris Olympics 2024: Mixed Reactions as Nike Releases Team Kenya’s Official Kit

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2024 at 8:14 AM
  • Kenyans have reacted to the new kit to be worn by athletes at the 2024 Paris Olympics
  • Netizens are divided about the new design that will replace the honeycomb of Tokyo 2021
  • Double Olympic champions Eliud Kipchoge and Faith Kipyegon attended the launch in Paris

Nike has released the official kit that will be used by Team Kenya at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, France, in the summer.

Eliud Kipchoge and Faith Kipyegon attended the soft launch in the European city before the full range of kits is unveiled in the coming weeks.

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Eliud Kipchoge attends the Nike launch on April 11. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand.
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Kipchoge and Kipyegon are among the athletes who will be seeking immortality at the games. They are the back-to-back reigning champions in the men's marathon and women's 1500m, respectively, after triumphs in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021.

Reactions to Kenya's Paris 2024 kit

The new kits were thought to have taken into account the shades of the Kenyan flag, but netizens have been left confused over a strip of colour that appears yellow on the chest of the female kit.

@Daudi said:

"It doesn't look Kenyan at all."

@Martin K said:

"It doesn't look Kenyan or appealing at all. No to this kit. Back to the drawing board."

@Mike Anunda said:

"Pleasing a Kenyan is no easy thing. We don't easily accept change either. For me, I like it."

While seasoned TV presenter James Wokabi said:

"Designed by someone who either doesn't know our flag or is colour blind."

The kit will replace the honeycomb design that Kenyan athletes donned at the rescheduled games in Tokyo. The country will be hoping to better its medal tally of four gold medals, four silver and two bronze medals as captured on the Olympics website.

Exclusive chat with Boston Marathon champ Evans Chebet

Sports Brief spoke to double Boston marathon champion Evans Chebet ahead of the 2024 edition.

Chebet was surprisingly omitted from the Kenyan marathon team for the Paris Olympics. The 35-year-old beat Eliud Kipchoge, among other elite athletes, to win his second crown in Boston last year.

He also talked about Kelvin Kiptum's death. The marathon world record holder met his untimely death through a road accident on February 11.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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