NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will be among the 12 hockey teams that have
secured qualification to compete at this week’s Youth Olympics
in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
With a budget of
about 350,000 U.S. dollars, Kenya is entering a lean team in the
elementary games for youths at the Olympic stage and hockey will
have nine out of 20 athletes the country will be sending to
Argentina. Athletics (10) and swimming (one) will be the other
members of the Kenya Team.
The hockey team of
boys are training in Nairobi ahead of their Wednesday departure
to South America and Team Kenya Chef de Mission Anthony Kariuki
said here on Monday, “We lacked the funds to send the team
abroad for training or organize friendly matches. They just
returned home from the Africa Youth Games and that experience is
what they will carry to Argentina.”
The team has Ivan
Morgan, Edson Isaac, Bryton Ndwati, Brian Nyabuto, Robinson
Omutekete, Paul Navangi, Ian Olando, Samuel Kimaru and Richard
Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed the 12 women’s and 12 men’s
teams will participate in the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games.
The Youth Olympics will start on Oct. 7 and end on Oct. 14.
In the women’s
event, hosts Argentina will be joined by Australia, Austria,
China, India, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, South Africa, Uruguay,
Vanuatu and Zimbabwe.
The men’s event will
see Argentina welcome Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Canada,
India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Vanuatu and Zambia.
Some hockey teams
will be participating in their first ever Youth Olympic Games,
namely Argentina, Austria, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico,
Poland and Vanuatu in the men’s event and Australia, Austria,
India, Mexico, Namibia, Poland and Zimbabwe and in the women’s
Four years ago in
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China, the hosts won the
women’s event while Australia got the men’s gold.
“This is going to be
a fascinating event, combining raw talent with great potential.
We can’t wait to get underway in Buenos Aires,” said FIH CEO