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Kenyan Olympic President urges team to
start early preparations for Africa Games

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya sportsmen have been urged to start early preparations for next year’s Africa Games, which will be held in Morocco.

Paul Tergat, president of National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) said the country must avoid a last minute rush if they are to secure better results in the quadrennial competitions, which are equivalent of a mini-Olympics for the African continent.

Speaking in Nairobi on Sunday, Tergat said the Games will be critical as part of the preparations for the 2020 Olympics and that each athlete needs to show their best to boost their chances of making it to the Tokyo Olympic Games.

“The games will serve as Olympic qualifiers for several sports. Kenya will have a big team in several disciplines. But there is no point for these athletes to go and fill the numbers. We need a quality squad capable of winning medals and raising the country’s flag high,” said Tergat.

“These competitions are important as part of the preparations for the Olympics in 2020 and each athlete must take them seriously.”

Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) granted Morocco the opportunity to host the games in 2019 after the withdrawal of Equatorial Guinea.

The 2023 Africa Games will be held in Ghana who beat strong bids from Egypt, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

This will be the first time that Morocco will be staging the event since it returned to the fold last year.

Morocco has never competed in the games since the 1978 African Games in Algiers. Republic of Congo, Mali, Nigeria, Algeria, Kenya, Egypt, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique have all previously held editions of the Games.

             

 

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