By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya hopes its young team will excel at the
Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020 after earning three golds and one
silver at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Kenyan team -
nine hockey and 10 track and field athletes - placed 26th
out of the 206 countries and regions that participated in the 3rd
president of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) said
it was an improvement from four years ago in Nanjing, China
where Kenya finished in 31st with four medals - two
golds and two bronze medals.
Speaking in Nairobi,
Tergat said Kenya needs early preparations and they will do all
they can to ensure participation in all disciplines in their
Olympic qualifying tournaments in 2019 to secure tickets for the
2020 Tokyo Games.
“Our young heroes
have done us proud. We celebrate and appreciate their
performances and selfless exploits in Buenos Aires at the Youth
Olympics,” Tergat said.
Team captain Jackson
Kavesa bagged gold in the boy’s 4km cross-country race, Edinah
Jebitok stroked victory in 1,500m and Fancy Cherono added
another in the 2,000m steeplechase and cross-country combined
It was the first
time that cross-country was incorporated in the competition
schedule with its last appearance back to 1924 at the summer
Games in Paris. It was competed with a new and innovative format
in Buenos Aires.
in only two sports at the Youth Games - athletics and hockey,
and Tergat believe there will be an improved representation at
the Tokyo Games in 2020.
“These corps of
athletes are the ones who will take over the baton in the future
and represent Kenya in major competitions. It is important that
they gain the best foundation so as to be able to compete at the
high level,” he added.
In Buenos Aires,
Tergat was also appointed by the International Olympic Committee
as a member of the coordination commission for the 2022 Youth
Olympic Games, which will be held for the first time in Africa