Chess Kenya to hold polls in February

By Buckley Fedha

Chess Kenya is expected to hold elections at the end of next month when the four year term of the current office expires.

Current chairman Githinji Hinga who has been at the helm of the federation since 2013 will not be vying for another term.

Since taking charge in 2013, the current office can boast of major achievements that have seen the game grow in the country.

The number of internationally rated players has increased from 23 to 230, and Kenya’s participation in continental and global events has also grown.

The game has also been introduced at the county level and there was also the revival of the national Chess League which was dead for years.

On the downside, Kenya failed to send a team to the Chess Olympiad last year due to the wrangles which have marred the federation since March last year.

The elections are expected to mark the end of squabbles in the federation that has been rated among the best sports associations in the country.

Until now the top position has attracted one candidate, Bernard Wanjala, who was appointed the Chess League secretary by the current office.




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