Kenya will enter competitors in 17 out of the 23 disciplines in this year’s African Games scheduled to run between September 4th and 19th, 2015 in Brazzaville, Congo.
The games, formerly known as the All African Games have been renamed “The African Games” by the African Union who are the new sponsors.
Kenya will be represented in Athletics (men & women) , Badminton (men & women), Boxing (men), Cycling (men & women) , Handball (men & women), Judo (men & women), Karate (men & women), Lawn Tennis (men & women), Rugby Sevens (men), Swimming (men & women), Table Tennis (men & women), Tae Kwon Do (men & women), Volleyball (women), Beach Volleyball (men & women), Weightlifting (men & women) Wrestling (men & women) and Paralympic Sports (men & women).
Apart from these competitive disciplines, Kenya will also be represented at the Youth Camp.
The Kenyan teams that did not make it past the Qualification stages are football, Basketball (men and women) and Volleyball men.
The Games Executive Officer, Charles Nyaberi clarified that Kenya will not be represented in the other three competitive disciplines, namely Fencing, Gymnastics and Bowling because there are no full-fledged federations and structures for the first two sports.
The Kenya Bowling Association bowed out of the continental championships because the version on offer at the games is different from the one they practice.
“The Management and Steering Committees aim is to surpass the 2011 Maputo medal tally of 49, 13 Gold, 14 Silver and 22 Bronze”, he said.”
“The 2011 haul was the best performance for Kenya to date, but with meticulous preparations, Kenya can do much better”, he added.
The Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts has constituted a Games Management Committee led by Gordon Oluoch who is also the Commissioner of Sports.
Oluoch has already led his team through three preparatory meetings whose main agenda was to complete preliminary accreditation and assess the Federations’ status and progress in the Zonal Qualifications.
The meetings also assess the national teams’ training and competition needs and schedules.