Kenya had been away from the Olympics for twelve years, missing out as a result of politically instigated boycotts. Returning to the Los Angeles games in 1984, the country set out on a mission to continue from where they left off in 1972.
When Kenya Harlequin and KCB stepped out on to the RFUEA turf on the second last Saturday of April 2010, 17th April to be precise, little did we know that they would serve up a dramatic game of rugby…one that remains etched in the minds of many, years down the line, and for all the right reasons.
Kenya returned for their fifth Olympic games in Munich, West Germany in 1972 having caught the world’s attention with a breath taking display in Mexico four years earlier.
The country was represented in four disciplines namely athletics, boxing, hockey and swimming by a total of 57 athletes who included two female athletes.
Looking at current strides in nutrition, strength and conditioning, one can’t help but reminisce how back in the day, guys would feast thoroughly on meals heavily before a match, with management encouraging this.
Come 4.30pm and you, the fastest guy on your team, would be running with the handbrake on, well fed!
Other guys would push serious weights on the morning of a game, the fatigue showing later that afternoon.