By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will send second string national teams to the inaugural
East Africa Community Games, which will be hosted in Bujumbura,
Burundi from Aug 16-28.
and athletics will be some of the teams that will enter weakened
sides as their senior teams focus on other global championships.
will mimic the Africa Games and the Olympics as the region seeks
to have their own conglomeration of top athletes to help foster
the spirit of brotherhood being cultivated by the regional bloc.
Six countries making
up the East Africa economic region have already confirmed
participation and they include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda,
Burundi and South Sudan.
Speaking to Xinhua,
Richard Othieno from the EAC Secretariat Corporate
Communications and Public Affairs Department said they intend to
hold competitions that reflect the most popular sporting codes
in the region.
“We will have
competition in athletics, football, handball, basketball,
netball, volleyball, tennis, rugby, judo, karate, boxing and
taekwondo,” said Othieno.
Already, the Kenya
Volleyball Federation has named provisional squads (men and
women) ahead of the games in Bujumbura.
General, Ben Juma, said the federation will enter players who
will be available. Kenya’s senior women’s national team is
currently in a training camp in Nairobi preparing for the World
Juma however ruled
out the federation sending the team to Bujumbura to use the
tournament to gauge their preparedness, saying the quality of
competition at the regional level is still below international
standards. “Kenya will also send beach volleyball players to the
event,” said Juma.
“It is the first
edition and we hope and look forward to good performances from
both teams,” he added.
General Liberat Mfumukeko says the games hopes to showcase the
diverse sporting talents in the region. “We are aiming at making
the event attractive to the public to enable East Africans to
move across borders to interact freely within the region,” said