by John Kwoba
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya will send a
contingent of 350 athletes and officials to the 2019 African
Games, to be held in Rabat, Morocco from August 19 to 30.
It is the biggest Kenyan contingent in the history of the games
and the country hopes it will bring in a record haul of medals.
"We will be competing in as many as 22 disciplines.
"It is the highest number of athletes we have ever
"The athletes have said they are eager to perform and there
is no doubt they will bring home many medals," said sports
principal secretary Kirimi Kaberia in Nairobi on Wednesday.
The country has also set aside 400 Kenyan million shillings
(4 million U.S. dollars) to cater for accommodation expenses and
Kaberia also ruled out cutting down on the number of
participants, as Kenya enters athletes in 19 of the 22
disciplines being held in Rabat.
Athletics and Taekwondo had cried foul over demands by the
Kenya management committee asking them to reduce their numbers.
Taekwondo had had their quota dropped from 16 to 12, but will
now send a full squad of eight men and eight women to Morocco.
"The issue of Taekwondo has been settled, but there were no
issues in athletics, since they wanted more officials on board
rather than athletes," said Kaberia.
The Kenyan government is keen to rein in on the misuse or
misappropriation of funds as seen at the Rio Olympic Games in
2016, with athletes and coaches left without food and
Kaberia said they have followed regulations with regards to
allowances paid to athletes.
"There is no secret with what they will be getting and it’s
my wish that we put issues of allowances behind us, and discuss
the performances that we expect in Morocco," said Kaberia.
During the 2015 tournament held in Brazzaville, Republic of
Congo, Kenya secured 32 medals - six gold, nine silver and 17
This performance was a far cry from the 50-medal scoop at the
tenth African Games in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011.
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