Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Heritage Dr Amina Mohamed has revealed that the Government of Kenya through her docket will continue to facilitate all the federations in the country by giving all of them same level preference, particularly in the build up to international assignments.
Amina said this while congratulating the national men and women’s judo teams that won the 13th edition of the East Africa Senior Judo Championships.
Kenya reclaimed the title for the first time in eight years when they won 10 medals; six gold, three silver and one bronze in the two-day championships that ended on Sunday at the Amani Stadium, Zanzibar.
“Congratulations team Judo Kenya for emerging winners in the just concluded East Africa senior Judo Championship in Zanzibar, garnering a total of 10 medals (6 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze) Hongera team’’ she expressed.
Kenya edged out defending champions Burundi, who had dominated for five years to second place with seven medals; five gold, one silver and one bronze.
In 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta assured that his administration will support all sports disciplines in order to grow the diverse talents of the Kenyan youth.
He said no sport will be left out of the government sponsorship programme for national teams representing the country in international competitions.
“Every single sports association in Kenya will be supported by the government. If we have talent outside there, it is our responsibility to nurture and grow it,” the President said.
The country has intensified its preparations ahead of participation in the global sporting events this year after all of them were rescheduled from 2020 due to Covid 19 pandemic. Already National Olympic Committee of Kenya(NOCK), has selected a total of 88 athletes to participate at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
World Rally Championship will also take part in the country after Kenya was readmitted to FIA calendar, with the competition having taken place last in the country back in 2002.
“The Government continues to facilitate all National teams participating in international events. We are therefore proud that all sporting disciplines performance has improved tremendously over time’’
Kenya’s judoka performance comes hot on the heels of another great show where it won its maiden continental team medal after finishing third during the Africa Senior Championships in December last year in Madagascar.
The men and women’s teams won three gold medals each, but it’s the women who emerged the best performers to get the most silvers (three) as the men got two bronze medals. Tanzania settled for third with six medals; two gold, two silver and two bronze as Zanzibar, who claimed the most medals (11), came in fourth with one gold, four silver and six bronze.