11 athletes receive scholarships as NOC-K eyes increased participation at 2024 Paris Olympics

 

Eleven athletes have received scholarships from National Olympic Committee of Kenya, NOC-K,  meant to support their preparations and qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

The scholarship receivers include African tennis champion 17-year old Angela Okutoyi, table tennis player brian Mutua and boxer Christine Ongare among others.

The scholarship holders will receive a monthly subsidy until August 2024 to support their training and qualification costs.

The scholarships will also expose the recipients to specialised coaching services, equipment, local/overseas training, regular medical assistance and monitoring.

Athletes who present during the presentations included: Brian Mutua, Samuel Muchiri, Alexander Kiprotich, Josette Kiarie, Sharon Wakoli and Priscilla Mburu.

Athletes profiles:

Danilo Rosafio, the Tokyo 2020 Olympian is receiving his second scholarship. He was top in his heat 2 at the Tokyo Games and clocked a personal best time of 52.54 seconds. Rosafio made improvements from his previous competitions, the 2019 World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea where he managed a time of 52.66. Danilo goes to school and trains in the UK.

Angela Okutoyi has had an impeccable growth as a junior athlete, after being the first Kenyan girl to win a junior Grand Slam Match at the 2022 Australian Open at 17 years of age. She has also qualified for the French Open and Wimbledon. Currently, she’s playing in Italy as she prepares for the prestigious Roland-Garros coming up in June and thereafter Wimbledon in July. If she keeps on the same path the 18-year-old has potential to qualify for the Paris Games.

Christine Ongare is the first Kenyan woman to win a Commonwealth Games medal in boxing. The flyweight boxer will be looking to better her performance at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games after making her debut at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Alexander Kiprotich, the 2013 African Junior Athletics Championship javelin gold medalist also received a scholarship to spur his dream of featuring at the 2024 Olympic Games. He is currently preparing for the African Senior Championships in Mauritius next month.

 

Other scholarship receivers are table tennis player Mutua Brian Ndunda, wrestler Mahabila Mathayo Matonya, Muchiri Samuel Muturi of canoe & rowing, Zonal Triathlon champion Josette Umi Njeri, Cyclist Nancy Akinyi, a bronze medalist at the last African Games in cross country and Wakoli Sharon, the national champion in Taekwondo in -53kg.

Shooter Priscilla Mburu completes the list.

The athletes earned the nomination after being vetted by their respective International Federations,IF, after NOC-K, submission of names.

National Olympic Committee of Kenya Secretary General Francis Mutuku quipped that the selection of the 11 was based on their performance and demonstrated the trust by IF to support their 2024 qualification attempts.

‘The awards therefore mean that the IFs have confidence that the athletes have the potential to qualify for the Olympics if they put in the work. The scholarships were given based on exemplary performance in the past and present of an athlete and what the future towards the Olympic Games at a glance seems’’, Said Mutuku.

Mr. Waithaka Kioni congratulated the athletes on behalf of NOC-K president and encouraged them to put the funds into proper use.

Complete List of scholarship awardees;

1. Rosafio Danilo Swimming

2. Mutua Brian Ndunda Table Tennis

3. Mahabila Mathayo Matonya Wrestling

4. Muchiri Samuel Muturi Rowing

5. Kiprotich Alexander Athletics – Javelin

6. Angella Okutoyi Tennis

7. Kiarie Josette Umi Njeri Triathlon

8. Debe Nancy Akinyi Cycling

9. Wakoli Sharon Taekwondo

10. Ongare Christine Boxing

11. Priscillla Mburu Sports Shooting

  

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