NAIROBI, Kenya- Retired Shujaa star, Humphrey Kayange, has been appointed by the National Olympics Committee-Kenya (NOCK) to be the Chef-de-Mission of the country’s team for the third Africa Youth Games.
Kayange, who announced his retirement from the sport on June 1, will be in charge of the squad that will represent the country in six sporting disciplines- athletics, beach volleyball, hockey, tennis and swimming at the continental Youth Games that run from July 18 to 28 in Algiers, Algeria.
“The National Olympic Committee of Kenya has appointed Mr. Humphrey Kayange as the Chef De Mission (CDM) for these Games.
“Humphrey, who recently retired from a very successful International Competition career is also the Athletes Representative to the National Olympic Committee Executive, alongside Hellen Obiri.
“It is expected that he will use his vast experience in helping NOCK lay sound foundation to these young and upcoming athletes,” a statement from NOCK sent to newsrooms on Monday evening stated.
According to NOCK, the team officially reported the camp in Nairobi on Monday with Kenya entering 26 athletes, two beach volleyball teams, nine hockey players, four tennis players and four swimmers in the competition open to all African countries.
Ten officials will accompany the team to Algiers that was selected to travel ‘based on recent past performance at the international level’ the national Olympics body underscored.
“Training venue for the athletes will be: Athletics – Kasarani; Hockey – City Park; Beach Volleyball – Strathmore; Tennis – Nairobi Club (participating in ITF Junior World ranking currently taking place); Swimming – Mombasa.
“Travel details of when the team will leave for Algiers will be provided in the course of the week,” NOCK announced.
The Africa Youth Games are organised under the auspices of ANOCA, target athletes between 14 and 18 years with the first edition held in Morocco in 2010 and the second in Botswana in 2014.
They are geared towards the development of youth in Africa; inculcate Olympic values amongst the athletes and act as qualifiers for a number of disciplines to the Youth Olympics, which will be held later this year in Argentina.
The appointment of Kayange as CDM is another sign of the change of administration style under NOCK President, Paul Tergat, since he took over office on a platform of reform.
In the past, NOCK used to give the plum position of CDM to a cabal of top ranking officials at the body, most whom were swept out of office following the elections triggered by the 2016 Rio Olympics fiasco.