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Team Kenya to Rabat games drastically change travel plans

TEAM Kenya to the 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco early on Monday evening changed their travelling plans, making the first batch of squad members depart Nairobi at 10am on Tuesday. These will be a small squad of 10 — players and managers of the badminton team.

The rest of the large Kenyan contingent of approximately 350 will be dispatched in several batches with the last group, track and field and officials numbering 75, leaving Nairobi on September 23. Athletics does not start in Morocco until August 26.

Top: The Team Kenya women and men boxers for the 12th African Games with their officials at Kasarani on Monday afternoon. Above: Table tennis managers, from left, Mariga Mwangi and Fahd Daim receive their tickets from chief executive officer Charles Nyaberi at Stadion Hotel, Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Monday

Top: The Team Kenya women and men boxers for the 12th African Games with their officials at Kasarani on Monday afternoon. Above: Table tennis managers, from left, Mariga Mwangi and Fahd Daim receive their tickets from chief executive officer Charles Nyaberi at Stadion Hotel, Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Monday. Photos/MOHAMMED AMIN

Team Kenya management had early on Monday morning announced that 158 persons, athletes and officials, would have left Nairobi on Monday night.

The games, coming at the heels of the last edition in 2015 — Brazzaville Congo — will take place in Morocco between August 19-31, 2019. Kenya are expectant to improve on the Brazzaville outing, said Team Kenya chief executive officer Charles Nyaberi in Nairobi on Monday morning.

Most athletes have been camping at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Utalii College, Roasters Restaurant Nairobi, Murang’a County (cycling) and Milele Resort Mombasa (beach volleyball).

Conventional (5-a-side) basketball is peculiarly missing from the 12th African Games, the Moroccans choosing to host a 3-on-3 version. Team Kenya women and men teams at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, on Monday morning awaiting departure. Photo/MOHAMMED AMIN

Conventional (5-a-side) basketball is peculiarly missing from the 12th African Games, the Moroccans choosing to host a 3-on-3 version. Team Kenya women and men teams at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, on Monday morning awaiting departure. Photo/MOHAMMED AMIN

Team Kenya will be taking part in 22 of 26 disciplines being contested in Morocco. Of Kenya’s disappointment, though, is that the Moroccan hosts are not staging full-fledged basketball –where the Kenya national men’s team recently historically reached the Final of the African Championship [and instead putting on the rare 3-on-3 version] — field hockey, netball and rugby union football.

The Team Kenya management were hoping that the advance dispatch would travel from Nairobi this evening via Doha or Dubai to Rabat.

The scheduled departures Monday night, but will now travel between Tuesday and August 15 were:

  • Badminton
  • Beach volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoe kayak
  • Rowing
  • Cycling
  • Judo
  • Table Tennis
  • Tae-kwon-do
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Medical team

Other Team Kenya squad members will be departing Nairobi as follows:

Saturday August 17:

  • Archery
  • Chess
  • Handball
  • Karate
  • Tennis
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

On August 23, the largest tour party comprising 68 track and field athletes, their managers and general team officials will also depart.

-Additional reporting by Media Dept Team Kenya 12th African Games

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