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Kenya to send 30 athletes to African Youth Games in Gaborone

Athletics Kenya (AK) selects a team of 30 athletes for the second edition of the Africa Youth Games (AYG) to be held in Gaborone, Botswana from May 22-31, 2014.

University of Botswana Stadium, Gaborone
University of Botswana Stadium, Gaborone

Athletics Kenya (AK) has selected a team of 30 athletes for the second edition of the Africa Youth Games (AYG) to be held in Gaborone, Botswana from May 22-31, 2014.

The Kenyan team, due to depart for Gaborone on May 18, are already in a pre-Games training camp at the Safaricom Kasarani Stadium in the capital Nairobi from May 3 to 17.

‘s vice president David Okeyo said they want to dominate at the African Youth Games in Gaborone and that they will pick a strong team.

“Athletics will always stand out as one of the disciplines that will bring the country more medals. We will pick a strong team. We have many who have already competed at the World Youth Championships,” Okeyo said.

Kenyan young stars expected to make a statement at the games include World junior 3,000m champion and Africa Youth 800m champion Robert Biwott.

The African Youth Games – – will serve as a qualifier for the Youth Olympics, which will be held in Nanjing, China later in the year. The international multi-sport event is held every four years to complement the current All-Africa Games.

This will be the second edition of the following the inaugural event in Rabat, Morocco, in 2010. The games, designed for athletes aged between 14-18 years, attracted just over 1,000 athletes from 41 countries and regions participating in 16 sport disciplines.

However, Gaborone 2014 will cater for 2,500 young athletes participating in 20 sport disciplines.  A total of 131 Kenyan athletes will travel to Gaborone, Botswana with Kenya entering athletes in 20 of the 21 disciplines at the Games, except football.

Yomog Meje is a former Nigerian junior athlete and the Associate editor at Athletics Africa.

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