NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will enter a strong team of four
swimmers in this year’s World Short-Course Swimming
Championships and World Aquatics Convention, which will be held
in Hangzhou, China next month.
Rebecca Kamau, Danilo Rosafio,
Ridhawan Abubaka and Imara Bella Thorpe will be gunning for
medals in the five-day event, which will bring together over 900
swimmers, a record for the World Short-Course Swimming
Championships, which runs from December 11 to 16.
Conrad Thorpe, the head of the Kenya
Swimming Federation (KSF) Interim Management Committee, said the
chosen four swimmers are the best in the country owing to their
top ranking by swimming’s world governing body FINA.
“We have settled on the four and they
have already started training,” said Thorpe on Friday in
“They have all been notified and
hopefully they will stake their claim for medals in China and do
the country proud. They also look forward to improving their
times and conquering their challenges on the global stage.”
Despite facing myriad management
challenges and internal wrangles, the Kenyan delegation is
looking forward to the trip to Hangzhou as part of its build up
and preparation ahead of next year’s Olympic qualifiers for the
2020 Games in Japan.
“There is a database of swimmers we
are working with in order to select the best swimmers and I do
believe we have picked the best for the assignment. This is part
of building up a strong team that will do well for Kenya at the
Olympics,” he said.
Hangzhou will follow Doha, Qatar and
Windsor, Canada as hosts of the World Short-Course Swimming and
the World Swimming Championships.
Hangzhou won the bid to stage the
global event beating Peru’s capital Lima and Dubai in the United