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Kenyan athletes sure bet for medals in Kampala; so why are they being trolled on social media?

Debate has flared online over the choice of uniform for Kenyan athletes set to take part in Sunday’s IAAF World Cross Country Championship in Kampala, Uganda.

The Kenyan team left the country for the cross-border trip on Friday with an assurance to yet again sweep the podium at the championships, but its their outfit that sparked a heated discussion on social media among Kenyans.

Apparently, a majority of Kenyans online were unimpressed by the maroon dresses and shoes that females members of the team were pictured in during a group photo shortly before the team left Nairobi.

Many were of the view that the outfit was a tad too cheap, this besides the fact the shoes were not of the same type.

Some of the men in the team also appeared to be donning navy blues suits which were not of the same shade of the colour.


Traditionally, Kenyan athletes representing the country in international engagements are kitted by the Government and various international kit manufacturers who own contracts with Athletics Kenya.

The IAAF World Cross Country Championships were be held on Sunday afternoon at the Kololo Independence grounds in Kampala.

The debate comes six months after Kenyan athletes competing at the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil were reportedly treated in a shambolic manner, including being deprived of adequate training gear and booked into a shanty hotel after checking out of the Olympic Village.

Here is a sample of what Kenyans on Facebook had to say about the team’s uniform: