• Kenya to field strong team at the All African Games

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May 20, 2011-

With the qualifiers of most sporting disciplines almost complete the management committee of the 2011 All Africa games has now shifted its focus on calling up foreign-based athletes to boost the Kenyan teams to the Pan African event.

Kenya plans to send one of its strongest teams to the Games to be held from September 3-18 in Maputo, Mozambique and has made provision for foreign based athletes from all the 21 disciplines to join the national squad.

Said Charles Nyaberi, the Kenyan Chef De Mission: “ all the teams have been given provision to invite foreign based athletes for the Games but on one condition that whoever comes in has to better than the local based players available.”

Kenya has entered athletes in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe and Rowing, Chess, Cycling, Football, Handball, Judo, Taekwondo, Karate, Netball, Swimming, Sports for Disabled, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Shooting, Volleyball and Weightlifting.

The men’s Basketball, the women’s volleyball and the men and women’s handball team successfully went through the qualifiers while the men’s under 23 football team is yet to play Uganda to book their ticket to Maputo.

The Committee has drawn a budget of Ksh.271 million to facilitate Kenya’s preparations and participation in the event as they seek to improve on the 38 medals (13 Gold, 15 Silver and 10 Bronze) from the past edition of the games in Algeria.

“Our plan is to have the teams begin non-residential training mid June and then have residential camp for two weeks towards the end of August,” said Nyaberi.

"I also want to ally fears that we might field a weak team in Athletics due to the world championships which will be held in late August,AK has assured that we have enough resources and depth to field very strong squads for both events." 

The Chef De Mission recently attended the Chef De Mission’s meeting in Maputo and also had a chance to tour some of the venues and is content with the progress on the ground. 

The Games organisers have dropped Weightlifting, Shooting, Rowing and Gymnastics from the schedule, as they have no venues or local national federations to facilitate the organization of the events.

 

 Evelyn Watta

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