NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s medal hopeful hockey team left here on
Wednesday for Buenos Aires where the third summer Youth Olympic
Games will run from Oct. 6 to 18.
Head coach Michael
Malungu promised impressive results in the games, saying, “I
believe the team will withstand the pressure from Europe and
Americas to score top goals and win Kenya a medal in hockey.”
Hockey will be the
third sport alongside athletics and swimming that Kenya will be
entering in the Youth Olympics.
Anthony Kariuki, the
head of Kenya’s delegation, believes the country will improve on
their last show in Nanjing, China in 2014 when Kenya won two
The Kenyan men’s
hockey team is in Pool B with defending champion Australia and
silver medalists Canada, Austria, Bangladesh and India.
Pool A witnesses
host Argentina, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Vanuatu and Zambia.
Four years ago in
Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China, the host won the
women’s event and Australia triumphed in the men’s event.
Committee of Kenya (NOCK) President Paul Tergat said, “The Youth
Olympics team from Kenya was exclusively selected from
disciplines that participated in the African Youth Games held in
Algiers, Algeria in July. The boys’ hockey team leaves on
Wednesday for their debut in Youth Olympic Games.”
Kenya hockey to face stiff
challenge at Youth Olympics in Argentina