The Kenya Olympic Association was formed in 1955 and recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Organisations affiliated to the Kenya Olympic Association include the Kenya Amateur Athletic Association, the Hockey Union of Kenya, the Rugby Union of Kenya, the Kenya Amateur Swimming Association, the Amateur Football Association of Kenya, the Kenya Rifle Association and the Amateur Boxing Association of Kenya.
The Olympic movement embodies the spirit of Olympism, enriching the will, body and mind. Through education and programming, the movement blends sport with culture to create a standard of friendship, solidarity and fair play. Olympic values are inseparable from culture. Olympism reaches its peak when the world’s athletes come together at the great sports festival, the Olympic Games. To practise sport is a human right, and discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic movement.
Olympism seeks to display universal respect and supports people in all walks of life. It means educating the youth and advocating peace during war and an equal opportunity for all. The Olympic Creed is: The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.