Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Kenya to send team of 200 for 2010 Commonwealth Games

Kenya plans to send a team of 200 to compete in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Delhi, National Olympic Committee of Kenya secretary F. K Paul said on Tuesday.

Paul said NOC-K had already presented a budget to the Government and was hoping to send a big contingent of athletes to compete across the 17 sporting disciplines that will be offered by the games organizers from October 3 to 14.

“All the federations have their qualification processes. We will assist them in training and qualification,” Paul said.

The NOC-K officials said special emphasis will be given to athletics, traditionally the major medal source for Kenya in major international sporting events.

“We aim to fund the athletes for up to a month in training camp. We have realized a longer training camp under competent coaches goes a long way in keeping our athletes ahead of the competition as it happened during the Beijing Olympic Games,” Paul said.

Kenya sports is on a high as its contingent produced one of its best performance at the 2008 Olympics hauling in five gold, five silver and four bronze medals all from athletics to finish 15th overall.

Paul said no specific targets had been set by NOC-K for the Delhi games but the Olympic body expected an improvement from the 2006 Melbourne Olympic Games when Kenya scooped six gold, five silver and seven bronze medals to finish joint ninth with New Zealand.

Paul at the same time said Kenya was satisfied with the security arrangements put in place by the Indian government in the run up to the games.

This follows a four-day Chief de Mission seminar held in Delhi last week to appraise all participating teams on the game arrangement. The NOC-K secretary accompanied Kenya’s chief de mission Jonathan Kosgei to the Indian city.

“Countries wanted assurance on security and the arrangements done by the Indian Government are elaborate. We are satisfied,” Paul said.


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