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Kenya told to expand participation in more Olympic sports

Apr. 05. 2007

NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya has to intensify its support for sports it is traditionally not strong in in its bid to secure more medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Olympic committee chief Kip Keino said on Thursday.

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Kenya, once a world superpower in athletics and boxing, won only one gold medal at the last Olympics in Athens in 2004.

But hopes for success in the other sports were raised when swimmer Jason Dunford became the first Kenyan to achieve the Olympic qualifying time for Beijing at the recent World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Keino, who took gold in the 1500m at the 1968 Olympics, challenged the local sports federations to raise their standards in order to compete with the best in Beijing.

"We need to support all federations," said Keino, after distributing funds to 17 local sports federations preparing for September's ninth All Africa Games in Algeria, which will act as the qualifying competititon for Beijing.

"We want all the federations, whether big or small to be given the same training and exposure as much as possible.

"We want the leaders of the federations to come out and we join hands to see how we can improve for the coming events. We cannot afford to neglect any sport," Keino said.

(yahoo.com Apr 05 , 2007)
 

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