Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Commonwealth Games: Kenya names her squad but ....

Counting less than 12 days to the Commonwealth Games which start October 3rd - 14th, various sports disciplines have named their squads for the   Games with some already setting up camp at the Kasarani grounds and others too. While the lion's share shall be taken by traditional disciplines such as athletics, boxing, we have the current 'fresh kids-on-the-blocks' in rugby  (from the Rugbykenya blog) and swimming to look out to boost the medal haul. As expected the Government along with the National Olympic Committee(NOC) shall provide the support needed and facilitate the sports people trip to the Asian sub-continent. 
With various concerns about security and hygiene being expressed by inspection teams from participating countries, Kenya's NOC Chairman's Kip Keino words did not sound too convincing and though we shall not banish the Indian organisers, we do hope they put their house in order in good time. It will also a test to future Commonwealth Games organisers as the challenges facing the country seem to hamper sport in a big way.
As for the Kenyan contingent, we shall cheer you on and look for a healthy and well-spread out medal haul. We shall be represented in the following disciplines;
Individual Sports:
Athletics - 60 athletes ( with 16 in the paraplegic Games)
Boxing - 10 boxers
Swimming - 10
Cyclists - 9
Shooting - 6
Badminton - 6
Lawn Ball Bowling - 4
Weightlifting - 4
Table Tennis - 4
Lawn Tennis - 4
Archery - 3

Team Sports:
Rugby ( 7s team)

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