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Youths well-prepared for World Under-18 Championships

Kimutai Kipngetich, chairman of Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association briefing LOC media sub-committee's Isaack Omulo left and Nzovu Fondo right during National Secondary Schools Term 2 A games at Shimo La Tewa Secondary on June 7, 2017. LOC's Dokatu Wako (second left) and Lorna Murithi look on.Photo/Mohammed Amin/wu18nairobi2017.

 Thursday 8th June 2017

MOMBASA (JUNE 8) – Athletes are psyched up for the global event that Kenya will host next month. Kimutai Ngetich, Chairman, Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA), said going by the performance at the National Term 2 A Championships here in Mombasa, a strong team capable of doing Kenya proud will be selected.

Ngetich, the principal of Tinet Mixed Secondary School, in Kuresoi, also paid tribute to officials and coaches who have set up camps around the country to help identify talent.

“We are happy for the coaches and officials, who are complementing the effort by Athletics Kenya (AK) to set up camps identifying talented athletes. That is the way to go if we are to improve performance at the global stage,” said the chairman.

“The Youth are geared towards World (under 18) Championships, and are prepared to win in Nairobi (during the trials) to represent Kenya. All of them have come to perform,” he said.

“This is basically our docket. I am happy with preparations, and more so because ministries of sports and that of education are working together in co-ordination with the AK,” he said.

He said Nyanza and Rift Valley are top regions.

"Kisii, off shoot from my camp in Keringet, is doing well. Gusii region is going back to its glorious past when it dominated sprints,” he said.

 Eliud Wambua, Ministry of Education’s Co-ordinator for Athletics, said two teams will be selected here. The first team will be selected for Africa Junior Athletics championships (under 20) due next month and the under-18 global championships.

“Due to low altitude and high temperature, the teams selected will proceed to Nairobi immediately for acclimatization in readiness for the trials,” said Wambua.

The selected team will be vetted on June 12th to establish compliance on age. The trials will be on June 13th/14th.