The Kenya Sevens Captain Andrew Amonde and Malkia Strikers Captain Mercy Moim will be the official Team Kenya flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics slated for July 23.
Amonde who will be playing at his second Olympics having captained Shujaa at the 2016 event in Rio de Janeiro is also Team Kenya’s Assistant Captain deputizing 800 M sensation Eunice Sum.
A statement released by Olympic Kenya confirmed the hierarchy of leadership in Team Kenya, highlighting the decision to select Sum and Moim to their roles.
“The decision has been made following information from the IOC allowing countries to have gender representation at the opening ceremony, and with the captain, Sum, traveling much later to the Japanese capital, Mercy will take the mantle, representing the 3rd largest team in Team Kenya after Athletics and Rugby 7s…” reads the statement on Mercy Moim’s appointment to the role.
The Malkia Strikers booked their ticket to the Olympic Games after thrashing Nigeria 3-0 in the final of the African Olympic Qualifiers in Cameroon back in January. They are making a return to the summer games after 16 years in the cold.
The Malkia Strikers, Shujaa, Kenya Lionesses, and a group of track athletes already left the country for Japan and they have been camping in Kurume City where they have also intensified their pre-tournament preparations.
A section of track athletes, the marathon team, boxing, taekwondo, and the beach volleyball team are still in the country and will leave for Tokyo much later.
“The decision to have a lady captain stems from the fact that Kenya is historically sending 56% of the women representative to this year’s Olympics. The contingent of 87 athletes includes 49 women and 38 men,” reads the statement in regards to Eunice Sum’s selection as the team captain.
Amonde is one of only four survivors from the team that played at the Rio Olympics in 2016. The other three are Vice Captain and Kenya’s all-time top points and try scorer Collins Injera, Billy Odhiambo and Willy Ambaka.
Shujaa will face the USA and South Africa in their opening two fixtures on Monday 26 July before playing their last pool match on Tuesday 27 July against Ireland.
The Malkia Strikers on the other hand, will open their account with a clash against hosts Japan on Monday 26 July before playing Korea on July 28. They will then face off with Serbia on July 30 before taking on the Dominican Republic on August 1 and thereafter conclude their pool matches against Brazil on August 3.