Kenyan Olympic squad guarantees no one

Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu, Kenya sevens coach has warned his players that no one is safe. His final 13 man squad for the Olympic Games is open to anyone and that no one is assured a ticket to the Tokyo Games in July.

The head coach has admitted that he will have a tough time selecting his final squad for the Olympic Games.

“It is great to have Injera back into the team, but the competition is still high and everybody is raising hands for selection. We will see how it goes, but one thing for sure nobody is assured of a place in the Olympics team,” Simiyu told The Standard Sports.

“We run a very open system that’s objective and process-based. There are certain standards or matrices that everyone must meet for him to be in the team. So, the players that we select at any tournament will always be the best and the ones who have gone through the process.”

He continued in an interview: “We are very clear in regards to where we are going and what we expect in all different positions. So, right now the biggest task we have is to assess all the footage and data we have collected on the players and how they have performed. Then now we will make our final decision before South Africa on the team that will more less go to the Olympics. The team selected for South Africa will be a close to or probable team for the Olympics.”

“The team is in good shape, but I feel we are still behind our set targets. The key challenge we have, we are not consistent enough in terms of execution.  We are still working on it and we hope by the time we go for the Olympics we will be well,” said Simiyu.

“But we believe the future of the Kenya Sevens team is very bright. I think the biggest challenge we have right now is getting a team that can compete for medals at the Olympics. But in regards to the future and the World Series, I believe we have the right team after the Olympics.”

The road to the Tokyo Olympic Games is getting closer and closer, and teams are in full gear as they prepare their squads for success.