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Kenya to send representatives to golf's youth Olympics

19 December 2013, 18:00

Nairobi - Kenya will be represented by two golf players during the 2nd Youth Olympics scheduled for August 2014 in China.

The two, a boy and a girl, will be chosen from a team of four players after the qualifying round which will take place in Gaborone, Botswana in March 2014.

"Golf is now a fully-fledged Olympic sport which will return to the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil."

"The Kenya Golf Union will work in partnership will all stakeholders to promote the game and put up a formidable team in preparation for the Olympics," the chairman of the Kenya Junior Golf foundation Ashwin Gidoomal said in Nairobi.

Gidoomal was speaking during the occasion of the 2013 Kenya Junior Strokeplay Championship award-giving ceremony at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club.

He said the tournament provided an opportunity for renewal and development of golfing skills.

"The Junior Golf Foundation awards are about the recognition and acknowledgment of achievement and success displayed by all juniors. We want to show that in sports and recreation we celebrate the spirit of human triumphs and therefore these wards are about the promotion of excellence and quality," Gidoomal said.

Recently, the Kenya national golf team that won the East Africa Challenge Trophy was made up of four juniors: Daniel Nduva, Mathew Wahome, Adel Balala and Tahir Mohammed, who are members Junior Golf Foundation.

Golf in Kenya is still regarded as sport for the affluent. Its history in the country dates back to 1906 when the first golf course was opened in the Royal Nairobi Golf Club, a move which opened the floodgates for a gallant group of golf course architects who went on to build dozens of courses.

Kenya now has 42 golf courses, at least eight of which have hosted major tournaments and are considered to be of international standard.

John Mucheru was the first indigenous Kenyan to play golf in the country among a majority of white settlers.

For a period of 26 years he dominated golf circles, mesmerizing his peers with his dazzling brilliance and mastery of the game.

- Xinhua

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