Kenyan badminton roll out African Youth Games plans


The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) logo as seen at the body's headquarters in ...
The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) logo as seen at the body's headquarters in Nairobi. (PHOTO/Charity Wanja)

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After an average performance in last month’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, focus now shifts to the third African Youth Games scheduled for July 17-27 in Algiers, Algeria It will mark the second visit for Team Kenya in Algeria this year after a good outing during the fifth Africa Cross Country Championships held in Chelf about 200 kilometers from Algeria

After an average performance in last month’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, focus now shifts to the third African Youth Games scheduled for July 17-27 in Algiers, Algeria.

It will mark the second visit for Team Kenya in Algeria this year after a good outing during the fifth Africa Cross Country Championships held in Chelf about 200 kilometers from Algeria.

Kenya continued her dominance over the distance topping the medal table with a total of eight medals; three gold, four silver and a bronze medal, ahead of Ethiopia who finished second with five medals (two gold, silver and two bronze medals), Uganda and Morocco who won a team bronze medal each.

Hence, to ensure that the country harvests more medals at African Youth Games, the Kenya Badminton Association (KBA) has scheduled early trials in June 1-3 in Mombasa, County.

A team of six players comprising of three boy and three girls will be selected with hopes of delivering medals as National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) president, Paul Tergat challenged other federations to pull up their socks for a better performance at the Club Games.

“I believe its time other federations woke up and also be medal contenders not just participants at the Games. Judging from our performance at the Commonwealth Games held last month, our two players did not advance to the medal brackets. Hence we are holding our selections early to ensure that the team is adequately prepared,” said KBA chairman Peter Muchiri.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Muchiri said that the players who will be at the June 1-3 tournament that will hosted at Mombasa’s Oshwal Academy, will be invited using the normal ranking adding that wild cards will be given to the talented youths to try out their luck in securing a place in Team Kenya.

“Unlike our preparations for the Commonwealth Games, we shall have one and a half months to polish up on everything. We also have enough stock for shuttles, we have coaches who are teachers and have delivered Africa continental medals before. I’m confident about our performance at Algiers,” he added.

Muchiri pointed out that the Africa Youth Games come at a vital as the association continues to prepare a team for third Summer Youth Olympic Games slated for October 6-18 in Argentina.
The team will be expected to report to camp on June 5 at Premier Club in Nairobi County.

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