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Kenya flops in the African canoeing championship qualifiers

22 November 2015, 15:18 Joseph Njung'eh

Sagana - Kenya did not qualify for the African Canoeing Championship after its participants failed to win in three categories required to get to the Olympics.

The competition which was held along Sagana River in Murang’a, attracted 25 contestants from other seven foreign countries among them Sudan, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda and Togo.

Jonathan Akiyemi from Nigeria qualified for the K1 men, JP Bourhis from Senegal qualified for the C1 men while Hind Jamali from Morocco qualified for the K1 women.

The Kenyan team had seven contestants but only two got medals, missing the third medal.

Morocco and Senegal qualified for the Olympics.

According to Titus Mukundi, the Kenyan Team Coach, the hosts were not able to keep up with their competitors due to poor training and poor facilities.

Mukundi said the equipment used by his team were donated by the International Canoeing Federation back in 2008 and are already worn out.

He also cited lack of adequate facilitation from the Government as one of the major challenges faced by the participants as they don’t get their pay and other allowances like the other counterparts in other sports.

The Coach said the Government ought to recognize canoeing just like other sports pointing that it can take the country to greater heights pointing out that Kenya has one of the best canoeing courses in Africa, the other one is in South Africa.

“It is sad that we can host an international competition yet we fail to proceed to the next level due to lack of proper equipments and other resources,” he remarked.

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