Deaflympics team readies for Canada

Jun 28, 2021

The Kenya Deaflympics team is due to jet out on July 11, for Toronto Canada for the second World Deaf Athletics Championship that will take place between July 12th to July 22nd, 2012.

Kenya which is one of the African countries in the global event has named 25 athletes for the 10-day championship.

They will use the Toronto event as a qualifier for the World Paralympics championship which will be hosted by Bulgaria in Sofia in 2013.

The aim of the Kenya team will be to improve on the medal haul from the last two championships where they won four medals, (two gold, one silver and bronze) in 2008 championship which was held in Turkey. The following year, Kenya increased the medal tally to seven (4 gold, 2 silver and a bronze).

The team got a big financial boost on Wednesday from the government who donated Ksh.15 million with National Bank of Kenya adding another Ksh2 million. Paul Otuoma, the Sports Minister said the government’s donation will cater for the team’s allowances, air tickets and insurance.

There is an additional incentive for the winners of any medal. A gold medalist will take home a handy package of Ksh. 600,000 while silver and bronze medalists get Ksh 400,000 and 300,000 respectively. The cash reward will be spread equally between the government and the National Bank of Kenya.

Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya (DAAK) though its secretary General, Bernard Benja urged more corporate companies to support the association which he says has a lot of activities, including the first edition of DAAK national cross country, DAAK national marathon trials, East Africa Deaf Athletics championship and the 2013 Deaflympics games in Bulgaria.

The Toronto team together with with the Olympics team were handed over the national flag on Wednesday by President Mwai Kibaki.

Full Team list Men 10,000m: David Kiptum, Peter Waneng, Geoffrey Obesi and Daniel Kiptum 3000m SC: Obed Kipruto, Heron Mutai. 100m, 200m, 400m and 4x400m: Peter Muhia, Ancent Mutuku, Brian Wayira, Simon Adem, David Onyango, David Wamira. 1,500m: Baxtone Menjo, Justus Kipkemboi, Geoffrey Wambua. Women 1500m: Joan Wasaba 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m-Women: Evason Kariuki, Munuki David, Symen Cheron,Lucas Wayira, Faith Muchemi, Rebecca Matiko and Berryl Wamira. 800m: Sara Kimani Officials: Peter Kalae – (Head of Delegation) Jones Kirui – (Assistant Head of Delegation) Tom Okiki – (Team Manager), Caroline Kola – (Head Coach ) Josephat Kiplagat Kemei – (Assistant Coach) Rachel Mugambi – (Physiotherapist) Joseph Kimathi – (Sign Language interpreter) Anyango Teresa Agola - Caroline Kariuki - Government Officials.

 

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