NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan boys’ hockey team will be ready to battle
for qualification to the 2020 Olympics against giants South
Africa and Egypt.
Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Secretary General, says the country’s
vibrant youth system will stand the test of time and help them
present a strong team at the Africa Games, which will be held in
October 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco.
The Africa Games
will serve as the qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics and Momanyi
is adamant Kenya will clinch the single slot reserved for the
“There are top teams
like South Africa and Egypt, who have dominated the African
hockey scene. But you can never rule us out. This youthful team
showed their ability when they ruffled feathers at the Youth
Olympics in Buenos Aires and they are ready to step up and raise
Kenya’s flag high at the Olympics,” Momanyi said on Friday in
the need to compete at the highest level as a motivating factor
for the growth of the sport, adding that the future of the game
lies in the youth.
“We are keen to
build our team from the youths who represented us in Argentina.
If we managed to qualify for the Youth Olympics then it means
with a little help from sponsors and government, we will conquer
Africa and make it to the Olympics,” he added.
Momanyi believes the
easiest process to make the trip to Tokyo 2020 will be through
the Africa Games in 2019. “The continental games will offer
Kenya the easiest route. We intend to explore this path and [we
are] hopeful [that we will] have our team back at the Olympics
after over two decades,” he added.
Kenya Davis Cup preparations
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A lack of funds threatens Kenya’s preparations
for the Euro/ Africa Davis Cup Group Two championship that kicks
off in February 2019 in Europe.
James Kenani, Tennis
Kenya president, says the government is slowing down efforts to
raise 80,000 U.S. dollars for the six-member team to travel to
South Africa, Egypt and Botswana for build-up matches prior to
heading to Europe for the 18-team Group Two qualifiers.
“It is important
that we have good preparations and present a strong team at the
Davis Cup to earn promotion to Group One or retain our place in
Group Two. The tour will give our players an edge before the
competition,” said Kenani.
officials however have not given up hope of sending the team to
high performance training camps in South Africa, Egypt and
Tennis Federation (ITF) says the Davis Cup will culminate in an
intriguing 18-team final event to be staged at a venue in Europe
in December next year.
However, teams in
different groups will first have to go through qualification
fixtures starting in February. The 118-year-old Davis Cup has
recently received a re-branding into a ‘World Cup’ of tennis
The new venture will
certainly not favor the majority of African teams and several
emerging teams from eastern Europe, who have found a niche in
Kenya to invest on sports
people with disabilities to improve performance
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will put in more money towards sportsmen and women with
disabilities who represent the country at international events
in order to improve performance, a government official said on
principal secretary for heritage in the ministry of sports,
culture and arts, said the sufferings that the sportspeople have
undergone will be a thing of the past and they should instead
brace themselves for an improved future.
“There is always a
new beginning. There is nothing we can do about the past except
to learn from it with the view of doing things differently in
future,” Mukobe said during a panel discussion at Kenya
International Sports Film Festival in Nairobi.
Sports people with
disability in Kenya have in the past complained of being
discriminated against and that they have to fight hard before
they are accorded what is rightfully theirs, unlike their
able-bodied counterparts for whom everything is usually
The most recent case
is the national amputee football team that represented the
country during this year’s Amputee Football World Cup held in
Mexico that endured harrowing experiences before, during and
after the championships, which elicited an outcry from a section
The team traveled to
the Latin American nation without official playing kit,
allowances and insurance cover and upon return, they staged a
sleep-over at the ministry of sports headquarters demanding
It took the
intervention of the senate committee that oversees matters
pertaining to sports for members of the team to be paid their
Mukobe said the
disadvantaged athletes will receive the same treatment and
privileges as their normal colleagues.
“We will open training facilities for them, pay them emoluments
while in residential camps and offer them all the comfort
necessary for them to register good results during global