Nairobi to host the first ever Africa Deaf games

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Feb 21, 2021
  • Simon Cherono, David Kiptum and David Kipkosgei celebrate after winning the 10000m race at the 2013 Deaflympics. They are set to compete in the Africa Deaflympic games.

At least 10 countries are expected to send team to compete at the inaugural All Africa games for the deaf set for April 18-26, 2016. The chairman of the Kenya Sports Federation of the Deaf who is also the president of the continental body Peter Kalae, confirmed that the athletes will compete in Track and field,Futsal( five- aside football), Handball, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton and Table Tennis.

The Kenyan deaf track team will be looking to dominate the African games after a gallant showing at the 2013 Deaflympics in Bulgaria where they bagged six gold, five silver and six bronze medals.

Four Kenyan runners hold world records for the deaf.

Daniel Kiptum is the half (1:04.24) and world marathon record holder(2:11.31), Buxtom Menjo is the fastest man over 1500m(3:48.69)while Simon Cherono is toast of the 5000m(14:02.90).

Charles Nyaberi’s leads the organising committee of the deaf games as the chief executive officer.