By Ben Ochieng
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Friday
named three teams to represent the East African nation in
different global judo events this year.
The Kenya Judo
Federation (KJF) held the national championships in July when
the teams to represent the nation at three world events were
The federation selected the senior team to the World
Championships slated for Aug. 28 to Sept. 3; the International
Judo Federation (IJF) World Cadets Championships in Santiago,
Chile scheduled for Aug. 10-18; and the World Junior
Championship in Zagreb, Croatia later in October.
The cadets, who are players from the ages of 15 to 17 years
will be first to do duty for the country and will consist of
budding talents including David Kiarie, Peter Kamau, Bernard
Mulewa and Ken Nderitu in the boys category while girls category
are Lydia Wangui, Elizabeth Ruguru, Hellen Okwisa and Ann
A team of 14 judokas will represent the country at the
International Judo Federation (IJF) World Championships
scheduled for August in Budapest, Hungary.
The team will aim to improve on the last performance held in
2015 in Astana, Kazakhstan where Kenya only managed to have a
tenth finisher in Isaac Kinyanjui in the under 73kg category.
Johnson Mwadime, KJA Secretary General, said the federation
has put in place plans to have the national senior team put up
training camps in Tokyo, and Lisbon, for the cadets ahead of
their international assignments to ensure they are adequately
prepared for duty.
"We have a pool of good players and the standards of the game
are on the rise.
"We are focused on bagging medals this year," Mwadime said.
"We will give the best preparations to our teams.
"We have the backing of IJF and the goodwill from friends in
Japan and Portugal and our players will for once have proper
preparations," Mwadime added.
He noted that at the last event in Kazakhstan, female players
Alice Chebet) and Diana Kana put up impressive shows despite
being knocked out at the preliminary stages but their personal
performances earned then wild cards and will be key to Kenya’s
medal prospects in Budapest after they easily dominated at the
The junior teams which bring together players in the 18 to 20
years age bracket will be the last to do duty for the country in
October with Carlos Ochieng, Peterson Gathiru, Geoffrey Muchai
and Isaac Likavuti representing the country in the boys
In the girls’ category, Hannah Wanjiku, Margaret Njeri and
Jacinta Kembua will lead Kenya’s charge as KJF seeks to have
more qualifiers at the upcoming junior championships to bring
the number to at least seven girls and seven boys.
KJF President, Shadrack Maluki, told Xinhua that the national
teams will for the first time in residential training camps as
opposed to previous years where teams were subjected to train at
their individual clubs ahead of national duties before heading
to the Japanese and Portuguese camps in a bid that is aimed at
ensuring talent is natured in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo