Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Kenya to send 24 athletes to Rio Paralympic Games

19 July 2016, 08:02

Nairobi - Kenya will send a team of 24 athletes to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games scheduled for September, officials said on Monday.

The contingent will be led by Henry Kirwa, the 2008 Summer Paralympics triple champion, who won gold medals in the men's 1,500m T13 event, 5,000m T13 event and 10,000m T12 event four years ago.

"The team will include guide runners for the blind athletes, however the number of officials to accompany the team is yet to be ascertained because we are still waiting for Kenya's quota allocation from the International Paralympic Committee," Elijah Mwalili, Secretary General of the Kenya National Paralympic Committee, told Xinhua.

The Paralympic Games involves athletes with a range of physical disabilities and since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, are held almost immediately following the respective Olympic Games.

Mwalili said the Kenyan government has budgeted for 1.2 million U.S. dollars for the global event, adding that the squad will commence residential training starting in the last week of July.

The athletes earned a berth to the summer games after excelling at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) qualifying championships held in Marrakech, Morocco in May.

- Xinhua


Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
DP Ruto accuses Raila of selling ...

DP Wiliam Ruto has castigated Raila Odinga for seeking western support to fund his 2017 election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Peter Kenneth announces Uhuru 201...

Peter Kenneth has announced that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...