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Golf at African Games; a first and Kenya likely to star

IN an unprecedented move, Golf will feature in the African Games, courtesy of good infrastructure of hosts, Morocco, who will be staging more disciplines than ever in the championships, first held as the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville in 1965.

Kenya, whose golf standards are fairly good in the continent, will almost certainly be represented at the 12th edition of the continental games. A Kenya Team Management committee has already started preparing Kenya’s participation in the Morocco towns of Casablanca and Rabat, between August 23 and September 3, 2019.

The Kenya cycling team of Suleiman Kangangi and Ayub Kathurima cool down after a stormy run through Brazzaville streets in the individual time trials at the 11th African Games cycling action. Photo/Courtesy MOHAMMED AMIN/Team Kenya media.

The Kenya cycling team of Suleiman Kangangi and Ayub Kathurima cool down after a stormy run through Brazzaville streets in the individual time trials at the 11th African Games cycling action. TOP: Mercy Obiero celebrates  rare  category and overall medals (bronze) for Kenya at women’s weight lifting at the Brazzaville African Games. Photo/Courtesy MOHAMMED AMIN/Team Kenya media

Morocco will be staging 25 different sports but the Kenya management has already set out tough conditions on those who will be in Casablanca and Rabat. They said:

“Kenya will field teams in discipline dictated by: –

  • Budget as provided by the Government [of Kenya]
  • Affiliated sports federations’ administrative and financial compliance with its continental confederations, international federations, Kenya Sports Act 2013 and Kenya National Sports Council (KNSC) the government’s sports advisory body
  • Where applicable, qualifying through the [Africa] zonal or meeting qualifying marks. However, this will not be a guarantee for inclusion.
  • Compliance to the Management Committee’s terms and conditions on transparent selection.
  • The standards of the respective team vis-à-vis other continental teams/players
Riz Charania, by all means a credible candidate for the Kenya golf team to the 12th African Games, will be taking part in the European Tour Kenya Open championship next week

Riz Charania, by all means a credible candidate for the Kenya golf team to the 12th African Games, will be taking part in the European Tour Kenya Open championship next week

Incidentally, one of the highest test of Kenya’s best golfers takes place shortly at the Karen Country Club, Nairobi where, for the first time, the annual Kenya Open golf tournament will be held as a European Tour event. Among an array of some of the best golfers in the world 11 Kenyan professionals and six amateurs will be playing in the Open. A prospective Kenyan 12th African Games golf team will almost feature some players in the Kenya Open action.

A second Kenya Management Committee meeting takes place this evening (Thursday) in Nairobi, following up on the pre-amble of January 17. The last meeting discussed among other things the shortfalls of Kenya’s participation in the 11th African Games edition staged in Congo Brazzaville. The stickiest point was nonpayment of some money to participants and mangers of the teams from Brazzaville to date.

Greg Snow follows on during past Kenya Open play at Karen Country Club. He is one of the local frontrunners in this year's European Tour Kenya Open and a probable interested party in selection to the African Games team

Greg Snow follows on during past Kenya Open play at Karen Country Club. He is one of the local frontrunners in this year’s European Tour Kenya Open and a probable interested party for selection to the African Games team

But it was noted that the chairman of the meeting “took cognizance of the fact that there were some outstanding payments to individuals and federations since the last games in Brazzaville. He appealed to federations to forward to the Games Secretariat details of all and any unpaid allowances and other pending bills and dues.”

The head of the Kenyan delegation — Chef de Mission — to the Morocco games will be Ndiritu Gikaria, chairman of the Kenya National Sports Council (KNSC). Gikaria has recently attended a meeting of delegates in Morocco.

Sheer joy: Jubilant Kenya players after beating Cameroon in Brazzaville to win the women’s volleyball Gold for the first time in the African Games since Johannesburg in 1999. Photo/Courtesy MOHAMMED AMIN/Team Kenya

Sheer joy: Jubilant Kenya players after beating Cameroon in Brazzaville to win the women’s volleyball Gold for the first time in the African Games since Johannesburg in 1999. Photo/Courtesy MOHAMMED AMIN/Team Kenya media

Gikaria asked affiliated sports federation to inform the Kenya Team Management Committee of their drawn up “transparent, clear, fair and open selection criteria’ of their teams or individual to be considered for Team Kenya. He asked them also to publicize these criteria to all their sportsmen/women, members and to the public.

 The Disciplines to be competed for in the 12th African Games: –

1 Athletics

2 Archery

3 Badminton

4 Basketball

5 Beach Volleyball

6 Boxing

7 Cycling

8 Equestrian

9 Fencing

11 Football

12 Golf

13 Handball

14 Judo

15 Karate

16 Rowing/Canoe

17 Shooting

18 Swimming

19 Table Tennis

20 Tae Kwon Do

21 Tennis

22 Triathlon

23 Volleyball

24 Weightlifting

25 Wrestling

 Kevin Cheruiyot, one of the better Team Kenya performers in tennis in Brazzaville. He made the third round of the men’s singles, going out after he had reached a match point at some stage. Photo/Courtesy MOHAMMED AMIN/Team Kenya

Kevin Cheruiyot, one of the better Team Kenya performers in tennis in Brazzaville. He made the third round of the men’s singles, going out after he had reached a match point at some stage. Photo/Courtesy MOHAMMED AMIN/Team Kenya

Kenya golf players in the 2019 Kenya Open:

2019 KENYA OPEN GOLF

(March 14 – 17, Karen Country Club)

East African professionals:

(Qualified from the six round 2018/2019 Safari Tour)

1 Greg Snow – (Muthaiga)

2 Dismas Indiza – (Mumias)

3 David Opati – (Windsor)

4 Rizwan Charania – (Windsor)

5 David Wakhu – (Golf Park)

6 Tony Omuli – (Golf Park)

C J Wangai – (Sigona)

8 Nelson Simwa – (Vet Lab)

9 Simon Ngige – (Thika)

10 Erick Ooko – (Royal Nairobi)

11 Justus Madoya – (Great Rift Valley Resort)

12 Philip Kasozi  – (Uganda Golf Club, Kampala)

INVITED:

13 Jacob Okello – (Golf Park)

ELITE AMATEURS:

1 Daniel Nduva – (Nyali)

2 Samuel Njoroge – (Railway

3 Mutahi Kibugu – (Muthaiga)

4 Edwin Mudanyi – (Vet Lab)

5 Mike Kisia – (Vet Lab)

6 Bradley Mogire – (Emirates Golf Club, Dubai)

-Additional reporting by Correspondents

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