NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – Ahead of the 2022 Youth Olympic Games to be hosted in Dakar, Senegal, the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) is looking to start early preparations to get Team Kenya ready for the showpiece.
The aim is not only to take athletes to the Youth Games, but it is anticipated that the process of preparing for the Games will benefit many young people through the identification and qualification activities.
To achieve this, NOC-K is partnering with National Federations to identify areas of collaboration, to develop young talent in the country. The targeted age group is 12 years to 16-year-olds from all over the country.
“This is a great challenge to NOC-K and to Federations, but also a great eye opener that professional athletes are nurtured from a very young age. We expect that this will activate age grade athlete development in all Federations, especially the ones without these structures,” NOC-K Ag Secretary General Francis Mutuku said in a statement.
The National Olympic Committee through the support of the Olympic Solidarity Program shall give scholarships to the top athletes and teams to start immediate preparations.
The 2022 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will be held in Dakar, Senegal in May –June 2022, making Senegal the first African to host any Olympic event.
The YOG is a youth version of the Olympic Games, offering the core summer sports, with variations in the disciplines such as 3×3 basketball, mixed nationalities relays and mixed gender relays among others.
The Games also feature more of education and cultural exchanges for athletes between 15 – 18 years old.
The build up to the YOG will also be part of preparations and participation in Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad and Tobago 2021, ANOCA Zone V Games in Egypt 2021 and African Youth Games in Lesotho 2022. Some of these Games will also act as qualification events.