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    NAIROBI, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan teams in major international tournaments will not be changing their sports gear label after United States giant sports kit manufacturer Nike extended their deal by another four years.

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    "The youths of this country always come first. That is why we had a long discussion with Nike representatives and we agreed to secure a better deal than the one we had in the previous years," Keino said in Nairobi.

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