By Kennedy Langat
Nineteen athletes and six national Paralympics committee officials are scheduled to leave the country on the 14th of March for the International Paralympics Athletics championships, cum Rio 2016 qualifiers in Dubai slated to kick off early next week.
Around 300 athletes from almost thirty countries globally will compete at the International Paralympics Games qualifiers scheduled to take place early next week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Kenya National Paralympics Committee Chair Agnes Oluoch reiterated that Kenya will be fully represented in this year’s world event amid fears that it would pull out of the competition due to financial constraints.
Last time Kenya pulled out of track and field events in the 2015 Doha Games at the last minute when the team failed to acquire air tickets and accommodation to the biennial event which was held at the Qatar Sports Club.
Oluoch was speaking Thursday during a launch of a sponsorship deal worth three million four hundred thousand shillings from Mayfair Holdings and Talanta Nairobi.
‘Through the power of sports, Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities feel welcome in their communities and develop a profound belief in themselves.’ said Oluoch.
The athletes who will perform well will get an opportunity to represent the country in the World Athletics Paralympics championships in Rio De Jenairo, Brazil slated for the 7th through to 16th of September this year.