The National Olympic Committee of Kenya paid a courtesy call on the French Ambassador to Kenya Her Excellency Aline Kuster-Menager.
The Ambassador was accompanied by the French Embassy Premier Conseiller, Kim Ramoneda, Head of AFD in Kenya Ghislain de Valon and the Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs, Cyril Gerardon.
The matters in discussion were around the Summer Olympics for 2024 which will be hosted by France in the world famous city, Paris.
The Ambassador briefed the NOC-K Team on the various areas France in focusing as they prepare to host the Olympics.
These are around Sports and Development, Communication about the various initiatives by France in Kenya and the organisation of the Olympics.
The Embassy will therefore initiate discussions towards finding mutually beneficial areas of cooperation and partnership. These areas will be towards a sustainable and social transformation through Sports.
Through the discussions Kenya will identify potential partner City to enable very early discussion and programmes in preparation for Pre-event Camp and the attendant Cultural Exchange Programme.
The National Olympic Committee briefed the Ambassador on the ongoing Strategy Plan which will culminate in the 2024 Olympic.
The Strategic Plan will cover wide ranging areas such as Elite High Performance, Sports for All, Sports for Development, Sports for Peace and Sports and Environment.
NOC-K indicated to the Ambassador that the objective of participation in Paris 2024 will be increase in the number of sports participating and ambitious target of getting medals in other sports over and above Athletics.
The parties will explore Exchange programmes to benefit Sports based on the comparatively advantage of each Country.
NOC-K hopes to benefit through Technical support and assistance especially in areas of Sports Science and Elite Performance and directly in areas in which France has a very strong performance track record such as Basketball, Cycling, Judo, Handball amongst others.
France will not only host the Olympics but also the Rugby World Cup scheduled for 2023.
The meeting agreed that the French Embassy will be part of the Strategic Planning process and development. The Strategic Planning is on-going and is expected to be launched in March this year.
This will allow for collaboration in areas where Sports in Kenya can be used for Social Transformation.