Kenya to rely on track and field athletes for medals at Youth Olympics

09:24, May 07, 2010      

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Kenya will rely on track and field for representation medals at this year's Youth Olympics in Singapore after all the other 16 disciplines failed to get qualification for their athletes.

Only swimmer Achieng Ajulu had qualified for the inaugural event, but has since switched her nationality to British.

Now, Kenya's hopes rests with athletics, which will have a squad of 30 jets out on Sunday for Khartoum Sudan for the Eastern Zone qualifiers.

Leader of the Kenyan delegation, Fridah Shiroya said apart from athletics, all the other 16 disciplines had finished their qualification and the only chance Kenyan participants have will be selection through the wild card.

"Like in swimming we had one who has since moved elsewhere. But Fina has showed willingness to give us two chances one for a girl and another for a boy. But that will be confirmed later," she said on Thursday.

Stephen Soi, an official with the National Olympic Committee of Kenya, said Kenya's contingence will be confirmed on June 15 after all the confederations had handed in their lists of representatives to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Wrestling, weight lifting, boxing and swimming will be considered for possible wild card selections according to Soi.

While refusing to apportion the blame on the lack of sound youth systems within the local federations Nock chairman, Kipchoge Keino, it was a valuable lesson they had learnt and will be wiser next time when organizing for such an event.

"The youth must be prepared well as they lay the foundation for the future generation and Kenya's domination in sports in the international arena," he said.

"We need finances to do this and we are partnering with the ministry of sports and education to see that we get the right talent and facilities to the youth majority who are still in formal education in primary or secondary schools."

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