The month of August as it seems has become a busy one for Kenyan sporting scene. This year the Kenyan Athletics team will represent the country in Beijing, China for the World Athletics Championships.
Kenya is known for many sports disciplines, but athletics is the perpetual kid on the block – from marathoners, cross-country runners, indoor runners and even field events, if you include Julius Yego in there. Our athletes have produced some sterling performances at the World Athletics championships since the inaugural event in 1983.
Household names such as Douglas Wakiihuri, Moses Kiptanui, Catherine Ndereba, Billy Konchellah and Tecla Loroupe have all been part of the championships at one time or the other and moved to the higher echelons of Kenyan athletics.
This year, the Kenyan team is a mix of many seasoned names as well as new talent seeking to upstage the favorites and make their history. Even more satisfying to note is the balance of gender in the medal prospects for women and men disciplines. It will not be a walk in the park with the competition coming from our northern neighbors Ethiopia and Eritrea and even emerging ones like Uganda among other countries of the world.
Once done with the World Athletics, there is the All-Africa Games to be held in September. Though the pomp and razzle-dazzle of Games has diminished over the years, the Games serve as an important platform to expose future stars in the different sporting disciplines. It also has its fair share of team sports participating to qualify for the Olympic Games to be held in August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Godspeed to our sports men and women…bring back as best a medal haul as Kenya can win to firmly put the country back in its place in the world!