NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will not send a team to the Youth
Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Nassau, Bahamas in
Committee of Kenya (Nock) chairman Kipchoge Keino cited lack of
finances as the reason behind the withdrawal and pledged to
reconsider the issue should there be a change of fortune.
“We are in a hard
place financially and we can’t afford to send the team to
Bahamas. But we leave it open that should there be a financier
coming on board, then we may consider it again. But if there are
no funds, then it is unfortunate that we will not be taking part
in the games,” said Keino on Wednesday in Nairobi.
Critics may see this
as a retaliatory attack to the British team, who were the first
to pull rag on Kenya last month, when they announced their team
will not be travelling to Nairobi for the World Youth
Championships, which comes just a week to the games in Nassau.
The East African
nation is opting to focus on the Africa youth games in Cameroon
and the World Youth Championships in Nairobi.
Earlier, Kenya had
pledged to select two teams for the two events with Athletics
Kenya President Jack Tuwei confirming that the country will
compete in both competitions.
“We have a big pool
of athletes to draw from and they will get their chance. We will
have two teams and I regret the decision by Britain to skip the
World Youth Championships in Nairobi,” Tuwei had said.