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Peruth Chemutai and Hyvin Kiyeng celebrate after the 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the 2020 Olympics. Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai, left, and Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng celebrate after Chemutai won gold and Kiyeng won silver in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 4, 2021 (AP photo by Ben Stansall).

Africa Needs to Rethink How It Develops Its Olympic Athletes

Friday, Aug. 13, 2021

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No sooner had the 2020 Summer Olympics commenced than now-familiar tales of inadequate preparation and administrative snags involving African Olympic athletes began to trickle out of Tokyo. And by the closing ceremony and the handover to Paris for the 2024 Olympics, millions of Africans who tuned in to cheer their compatriots were glad to see the back of this summer’s Games. ...

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