NAIROBI, June 21 (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan team preparing for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games entered a bubble camp on Monday as the sixth wave of the coronavirus continues to sweep through the country.
The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) vice-chairman, Shadrack Maluki, said the move has been taken following the recent spike of COVID-19 infections in the East African nation.
"It's going to be a bubble camp, no going out or coming in and no visitors who have no business here. This is just to protect our athletes because those are the reasons why we are here," Maluki said in a statement issued on Monday evening.
He added the enhanced COVID-19 protocols were necessary to ensure resources spent on the team that has been in residential training for over a month are not affected by the latest rise in infections.
"We all know there are cost implications and the government has done everything possible to ensure our goals and objectives are well achieved and the welfare of our athletes comes first," Maluki added.
Team Kenya to the Birmingham 2022 General Team Manager, Evans Bosire, announced the athletes would be subjected to regular testing for COVID-19 ahead of their departure to the UK where the Commonwealth Games start on July 28.
"We have athletes training in various camps in the country and we have ensured we do tests for all of them every week. These are some of the measures we have put in place to safeguard the well-being of our most esteemed athletes," Bosire emphasized in a statement.