Ponies are tired but they have to participate in the next four tournaments coming up at Nairobi Polo Club in the next four weeks before they take a four-month break ahead of the season proper in May.
Hopefully, without postponement of matches, it will be a busy and tough season altogether for the young and experienced players.
And as the new season commences with the annual Davis Cup at Nairobi Polo Club tomorrow, it will be another tough season just like the previous season but officials are working around the clock to ensure all flows well.
Davis Cup opens doors for the low handicap players in four consecutive tournaments on different weekends this weekend at the same venue that are meant to shape up the skills of young players who are expected to play a prominent role in both the local and international scene this season.
During the four tournaments, the youngsters will be mixed with experienced players to have them get a feel high-profile tournaments.
Maria Bencivenga Memorial Championships coming up on January 15-16 will be the second tournament after Davis Cup this season ahead of the Soldiers’ Salute Championships on January 22-23 and Chairman’s Cup on January 29-30.
Nairobi Polo Club chairman Raphael Nzomo confirmed the four tournaments will allow youngsters to prepare of the new season.
“These are usually low key tournaments that give our youngsters time to analyse their strengths and weaknesses before the commencement of the new season where we mix them (youngsters) with experienced players,”said Nzomo.
Juniors Intensify Training Ahead Of World Under-20 Championships
Athletics Kenya (AK) is impressed with the progress made by inferior athletes at the ongoing vacation camp.
The camps are aimed at preparing athletes for the World Under-20 tournament in Cali, Colombia.
AK President Jack Tuwei who was speaking in Kapsumbeiywo All4Running youth camp which is headed by former world
800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei, said he was impressed by the turnout of the youth in colorful camps.
“We have 26 camps across the country and we are happy because they are training well thanks to the government who have helped in funding them. As a federation we shall do our part and make sure we get some of the best from these camps,” Tuwei said.
Kenya will be seeking to retain the title for the younger team for the third time in a row in the tournament set for August after winning in Tampere, Finland in 2018 and again last time in Nairobi.
AK youth head trainer Robert Ngiserei said the early medication will enable the country to present a strong platoon across the all events.
“At the Youth Sub Committee, we have embraced this program as it will help us improve more on the development of talent which will ensure our country remains as an athletics powerhouse,” Ngiserei said.
Teenage Kenyan Basketballer Drafted Into Women’s NBA
Olivia Nelson-Ododa, a Kenyan basketball player has been drawn to the Los Angeles Sparks team for the 2022 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
The former Kenya Morans player Sebastian Ododa’s daughter was picked 19th overall in the alternate round of the WNBA draft on Monday by the L.A. Sparks.
The youngster was hailed by Sparks’ General Manager and Head Coach Derek Fisher after she was chosen.
“Olivia Nelson-Ododa was a contributor on both ends of the floor for a UConn program that went to four consecutive Final Fours in her tenure,” Fisher said.
“We’re excited to see how her size, length, rebounding, and passing ability can translate at the next level.”
Olivia is formerly following in the steps of his father Sebastian Ododa represented Kenya during the 1987 All African Games in Nairobi.
The 6- bottom-5 forward/ centre equaled 9.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists for UConn this once season.
She led the Huskies with a59.5 chance firing clip from the field and was a 2022 All-Big East First Team selection.
The 20-year-old forward also equaled1.7 blocks per game in 2021-22.
Olivia, who’ll turn 22 on August 17, was named the Big EastCo-Defensive Player of the Time in 2020-21 and will look to establish herself in the WNBA with her prowess on that end of the bottom.
She has played basketball for Winder-Barrow High School in Georgia, where she was named Athens Banner-HeraldCo-Player of the Time after comprising 17 points and 10 rebounds per game.
She was named to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game during her high academy elderly time and was also named Miss Georgia Basketball
During the FIBA U17 World crown in 2016, she won citation with the USA and latterly dipped gold in 2018 at the FIBA Americas Under-18 crown.