As the countdown to the July World Under18 Championships gathers momentum, Kenya is leaving nothing to chance to ensure the national team selected after a two-day national trial is prepared for the July 12th -16th global challenge.
The squad of track and field youths has moved into the residential training and will stay at Milele Hotel in Nairobi for the fine-tuning under a team of coaches headed by Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association’s treasurer Francis Gikonyo.
During the selection at Nyayo National Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday last week, Athletics Kenya picked a 59-member team comprising of boys and girls aged 16 and 17 years that will represent the country in the last International Association of Athletics Federation World Under18 Championship to be held at Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani next month.
“All the selected athletes were to report for the national training camp from Sunday 18th of this month to prepare for the task ahead. We are hosting the whole world in Kenya and we have to win as many medal as possible since we shall be competing at home,” said Athletics Kenya Youth Committee chairman Barnabas Korir.
More than 400 boys and girls born between 200 and 2001 and those below 20 years took part in the painstaking selection that was to see Kenya send those aged 18 and 19 years for Africa Junior Championships to be held in Algeria.
Athletics Kenya President Lt. Gen(Rtd) Jackson Tuwei congratulated those selected and expressed his confidence in the team and invited fans to turn up in large numbers during the WorldU18 championships that will take place at Kasarani to boast the morale of team.
“Kenya has picked the best in this category. We are sure of winning medals not only on the track but also in the field. Our selectors have settled on the greatest that will be flying our national flag even after this World Championships,” said the President, who is also the chairman of the Nairobi WU18 Local Organizing Committee after the selections.
While in Nairobi, the team will undergo both mental and physical training with most of the endurance run done at the high altitude of Ngong Hills, aerobic run at Karura forest and speed training at Nyayo and Kasarani Stadiums.
Kenya has been dominating in the championships since its inception in Poland in 1999 where the country emerged the overall winners.
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