Kenyan tennis star Angella Okutoyi is saddened by the postponement of the Youth Olympics which were moved from next year to 2026.
The lengthy rescheduling of the Games for four years has impacted negatively on the career of the 16-year-old girl who will miss out on the once in a lifetime chance to play at the Youth Olympics because of age.
The postponement means that the 16-year-old will miss out on a chance to represent the country at the Youth Games because she will be too old to compete in 2026.
The Youth Olympic Games happens every 4 years and targets boys and girls aged between 14 to 18 years.
The Senegalese capital Dakar was due to host the Youth Olympics in 2022 but the International Olympic Committee said they will not happen until 2026.
IOC president Thomas Bach explained that the fourth edition of the Games was postponed due to a financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, Okutoyi’s ranking could also have entitled her to preparation funding from the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity fund.
She is Kenya’s top-ranked girl but sits in position 240 in the world. She won the under-14 singles title at the African Junior Championships in Algeria in 2018.