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Kenya to send 26-member squad for world military games in India
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10:47, October 05, 2007

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Kenya will send a team of six boxers and 20 athletes to participate in the Fourth Military World Games to be held in Hyderabad, India next week, officials said in Nairobi Thursday.

Speaking while presenting the national flag to the team, Kenya's Chief of General Staff Jeremiah Kianda urged the team to put up spirited show during the event which will be running from Oct. 10 to 23.

The games have attracted 90 teams out of 127 International Military Sports Council (CISM) members.

Among the Kenyan athletes, Shadrack Korir won a bronze medal during this year's World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan.

A total of 15 sports will be staged during the two-week event, including military pentathlon, shooting, athletics triathlon, sailing and swimming. Others are boxing, wrestling, judo, football, handball, volleyball, hockey and kabaddi.

The first edition of the games was held in Rome, Italy in 1995.

The second edition was held in Zagreb, Croatia in 1999 where Kenya emerged 15th out of 100 teams and first in Africa.

In the third edition held in Catania, Italy, the Kenya Armed Forces took the seventh position.

The World Military Games has the largest gathering of sportsmen and women apart from the Olympic Games, brining together military personnel from various parts of the world to compete in the spirit of "friendship through sport."

Source: Xinhua



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