Sports and Hobbies in Kenya
Kenya is a place where there is acclaimed of various sportsmen who guideline race tracks both locally and universally, with a wealth of innovative side interests to seek after in extra time.
Sports and interests in Kenya are installed in the nation’s way of life and are utilized to advance the very social ways of life and collectivist nature of the masses. By putting resources into games as a culture (appeared through the number of gold decorations she has won), Kenya has additionally solidified its notoriety for being a home of games champions. The Kenyan national song of devotion is a successive tune at worldwide games as games people get awards for their donning accomplishments.
Outstanding Kenyan sportsmen
Kenya has sustained genuine games ability that incorporates sportsmen and ladies with residential and global status who have won various gold, silver and bronze decorations:
Incredible Marathoner Catherine Ndereba
Long-remove sprinter Paul Tergat
Long-separate track sprinter Tegla Loroupe
Gold medalist Ezekiel Kemboi
Current 800m Olympic world record holder David Rudisha
800m Olympic gold medalist and victor of the Golden League Jackpot Pamela Jelimo
Olympic gold holder, Samuel Wanjiru (expired)
Safari Rally driver Ian Duncan
Rugby’s Humphrey Kayange
Real games in Kenya
There are combinations of significant games that Kenyans are occupied with from adolescence, through school a very long time up to expert dimension:
Track and Field
Kenya is known worldwide for its accomplishments in Olympic style events, including short and long-remove Olympic style sports, street and strolling races, cross-country, and long distance races.
Most yearly long-distance races held in Kenya are for social causes, including:
Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon
Kass International Marathon
Kisumu World AIDS Marathon
Sotokoto Safari Marathon
Kenya Sevens Rugby Team
In 2012, Kenya Sevens Team completed fourth in 2012’s IRB World Sevens Series and had a decent begin in 2013, with a runner up win after England, challenging at Wellington Sevens, New Zealand, which is their best execution yet. The Safari Sevens Rugby Tournament and Safaricom Sevens are a portion of the nearby rugby occasions.
Kenya National Football, the Harambee Stars
Previously a power to figure with, the group is by and by a sad remnant of its previous self. Interior administration clashes, unfortunate behavior among fans and poor pay for players have added to the terrible showing of the group in national and provincial amusements. Be that as it may, neighborhood sports crews, for example, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopard have a gigantic fan base and are focused to change football in Kenya.
Most Kenyans have singular leisure activities dependent on their interests and where they live. Rustic people are laid back while urban people are all the more effectively engaged with their leisure activities. There are pastimes regular crosswise overages, sex, economic wellbeing and locales in Kenya that include:
Going to significant occasions, for example, celebrations, design appears, sports matches, political and religious revitalizes
Heading out to theaters and motion picture films
Watching home motion pictures and tuning in to music
Watching neighborhood TV and radio channels
Voyaging and visiting
Karaoke (there’s a developing karaoke culture in urban Kenya)
Most youngsters think about signing into internet-based life as a leisure activity, checking their records at any rate thrice daily. With pretty much every Kenyan having a cell phone, their extra time is spent in portable informing, perusing the web and associating through long range interpersonal communication locales, for example, Twitter and Facebook.
Kenya U-23 Team Departs To Ethiopia For CECAFA Championship
The Kenya U-23 football team Wednesday left the country for Ethiopia to participate in the forthcoming CECAFA U-23 championship set for Sunday 18, July this year.
The team held their final training session on Tuesday 13, July 2021 with their Coach Stanley Okumbi finalising his selected team.
The tournament is set to kick off on Sunday, July 18 2021 with the draw of the competition placing teams in three groups, A, B and C.
The tally of the participating teams narrows to nine confirmed teams that will battle for the CECAFA cup.
The Kenyan U-23 team has been grouped in group C together with Djibouti and South Sudan U-23 teams. They open their match on Monday July 19, 2021 against Djibouti and they will finish their group stages matches on Thursday July 22, 2021 against South Sudan.
The winner of each group in the group stage qualifies to the next stages with the best runners up considered too for the next stage. The finals of the tournament are set on Friday, July 30, 2021.
In other sports news, the Football Kenya Federation has initiated the FKF Women Administrators course that will be offered at the Kenya School of Special Education (KISE) in Kasarani.
The Administration course is aimed at equipping FKF County Women Representatives with the necessary skills to actualize the recently launched FKF Women Football Strategy.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, Thursday, FKF Vice President, Doris Petra, elucidated more on the importance of the course in the actualization of the recently launched FKF Women Football Strategy.
“To set the ball rolling on the FKF Women Football Strategy that we launched, we have organized an Administrative course for FKF County Women Representatives to gain knowledge that will in the long run help actualize the Women Football Strategy,” said FKF Vice President.
FKF NEC Women Representative, Margaret Omondi, further echoed the words of FKF Vice President Doris Petra.
“In a bid to keep our promise of fully implementing the recently launched FKF Women Football Strategy, we have organized a course for our FKF County Women Representatives to help set the ball rolling,” said Omondi.
The course covers leadership skills, Sponsorship Management, Strategic Planning, Financial Planning, Project Management, Marketing, and Communication & Media management.
Kenya Successfully Defend Rugby Africa U20 Barthes Trophy In Nairobi
Kenya U20 Vice-Captain Matoka Matoka put on a man-of-the-match performance as Kenya beat Madagascar 21-20 in the final match of the U20 Barthes Trophy played at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams went into the match buoyed by huge wins over third-placed Senegal and everyone had their work cut out if they were to be crowned champions.
Tries from Maxwell Atera, Matoka Matoka and Captain John Baraka complimented by two penalties from Matoka Matoka were enough, in the end, to cancel out Madagascar’s three tries, one conversion and one penalty.
Kenya had already qualified for the 2022 World Junior Trophy and now they will feel they are more than prepared for a tougher test.
Speaking after the game, an elated John Baraka could not hide his joy as he attributed the team’s success to teamwork. “The game was a bit tense in the first half, the scores were tight, but we managed to widen the gap in the second half,” says Baraka.
“We gave in to pressure in the last minutes but in the end our teamwork and defence won it for us,” adds Baraka.
Former Kenya international scrum half Peter Mutai who is the team manager is glad they managed to win despite the late flurry by the Junior Makis. “We went off the script, but we were lucky we started the game on a high, much better than our last game against Senegal. We succumbed to pressure in the final minutes, it is a final anyway, but the good thing is that we went ahead early,” says Mutai.
“Congratulations to Madagascar, we respect a good challenge. Those guys play like sevens using their width so much. At the end of the day a win is a win so congratulations to the boys,” concludes Mutai.
Kenya has now successfully defended the title they last won in 2019 at the KCB Sports Club when they beat Namibia 21-18 in the final.