NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s basketball team has been locked out of
the Africa Youth Games, which will take place in Algiers,
Algeria in July.
basketball governing body FIBA Africa said Kenya lacks a vibrant
and sustainable three-aside basketball league and will not be
considered for the competition, an elementary event for young
players starting their careers in the sport.
Instead, only Uganda
and Egypt will represent Africa Zone Five at the Africa Youth
Games, which runs from July 19-28 in the Algerian capital.
Olivier Kambire, the
FIBA Africa Digital Coordinator in a letter to Kenya Basketball
Federation (KBF) Secretary General Vitalis Gode, said Kenya does
not qualify to enter a team in the games, because it lacks
running league in three by three basketball.
Kenya last competed
at the Youth Games in Botswana in 2014, where they reached the
“It is sad that our
young players will miss the opportunity to participate at a high
profile championship due to our own negligence,” said KBF deputy
secretary general Ambrose Kisoi.
competition will mark the third edition of the African Youth
Games after Morocco (2010) and Botswana (2014).
confirmed that all the 54 countries will be invited to the
Games, with two athletes from each nation sponsored to compete
in the Games.
must have been born between January 2000 to December 2003. The
African Youth Games will serve as continental qualifier for the
Olympic Youth Games in Buenos Aires in October.
In rugby sevens, 22
teams and more than 300 players across the continent will
represent their countries at the Games.
Kenya Rugby Union (KRU)
director of rugby Thomas Odundo says the young team has gained
experience and grown in strength and hope to take the game to
their rivals in Algiers.
During the last
competition in 2014, the Kenya Sevens team claimed a silver
medal in the rugby sevens competition after having been
whitewashed by South Africa 60-0 in the gold medal match.
Zimbabwe claimed the bronze medal.
“Most of the
targeted players are still in school because the games are open
to only those below 18 years. But we will secure the best talent
to show to the world,” said Odundo.
The African Youth
Games will serve as continental qualifier for rugby at the
Olympic Youth Games in Buenos Aires where only the winner will
qualify to join hosts Argentina, Japan, USA, Australia and
France in the finals.
President Abdelaziz Bougja has since said the continent has
gained tremendously in the sport and was encouraged by the
popularity of rugby at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in