Big Team Kenya eyes Glasgow glory


RUDISHA-FLAGNAIROBI, Kenya, June 23- Kenya’s team is expecting to achieve good results in the coming Commonwealth Games next month, a team’s chief said on Monday in Nairobi.

“We have a very strong team of youth and experienced athletes. Some are the best in the world and others are just emerging hungry to leave a mark on the global stage.

“I believe they will do well, though each country will be entering a big and strong team, which is capable of fighting for the medals on offer,” said Steven Soi, head of Kenya’s Commonwealth team.

The Games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to Aug. 3.

“We have done well in our preparations. The teams are continuing with their preparations and we are hopeful, Kenya will overpass the mark set in Delhi,” said Soi.

There are a total of 17 sports and 261 medal events that will be contested. A total of 70 participating nations and regions including Gambia and Rwanda have confirmed participation in the games.

Kenya, which finished fifth from the last championships in Delhi India with 33 medals — 12 gold, 10 silver and ten bronze will be keen to improve their rankings.

According to Soi, Kenya will enter a big squad with 195 participants including 71 primary team officials led by Olympic Champions David Rudisha and Ezekiel Kemboi.

It will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland, although it previously hosted the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

Throw in World Champion Eunice Sum and Milcah Chemos and it becomes evident of the country’s intention on the track.

“We will present 15 sporting disciplines out of the 18 we battled to attain qualifying standards,” Soi added.

Athletics head coach Gideon Chirchir is confident his blend of youth and experienced athletes will pass the test in Glasgow as was the case in Delhi.

“It is a young team. But we have confidence in them. There are a few experienced elite runners who will guide them through the steps, but overall they are worth the competition,” said the official.