Kenya Prison’s Diana Kana who is ranked 6th in Africa is among seven exponents picked by the Kenya Judo Association(KJA) to represent the country during the forthcoming 37th senior African Judo Olympic qualifiers slated for Tunis,Tunisia.The event will be staged from April 4-10.
Other players picked following a one day’s rigorous selection exercise held at the spacious Pinacle preparatory school in Ongata Rongai include Samson Wambi, Elvis Nato, and George Kimani from Kenya Prisons, Anna Wanjiku (Rongai Club), Doreen Okoth (Kenyatta University) and John Eshiwani from Rongai.
The team will be accompanied by seven officials that include KJA President Shedrack Maluki who will also double up as the delegation leader, Joseph Mburu, David Busolo (Trainers), Johnson Mwadime, Joseph Ochieng (Referees) and team manager Duncan Chemiryo. Also traveling with the team is Joan Githua who will be the chaperon.
Addressing the media after the selection exercise, Mwadime said the team is all set for the event where Algeria are the defending Champions. He expressed confidence the team will carry the day by clinching several medals after gaining enough exposure from the recently concluded East & Central Africa Judo Championship held in Burundi.
Mwadime singled out Diana Kana, Samson Wambi who is also ranked seventh in Africa in the Under 90 category and Doreen Okoth who won a Gold in Burundi as the key medalist prospects.