by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer
In a country known globally for its athletics exploits, table tennis has started to find its feet.
The award follows the nomination made by Andre Mudibo, the President of the Kenya Table Tennis Association; nominations were submitted to Francis Mutuku, the Acting Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya.
“Olympic Solidarity in liaison with the respective national federations assessed each individual applicant and awarded those who have the best chances of participating in the forthcoming Olympics,” Francis Mutuku
In addition, reported by the Daily Nation, Francis Mutuku advised that training programmes may be organized both domestically and abroad.
“The Technical Committee will oversee, guide, direct and, in conjunction with the respective technical or national coaches, provide the best programmes to assist these athletes qualify.” Francis Mutuku
Support but stringent demands have been imposed.
“However, it should be noted that in case any of the eight athletes fail to qualify for the Olympics, the scholarships will be given to other needy cases if they arise.” Francis Mutuku.
Notably, Francis Mutuku explained that a strategic plan is now under a validation process to provide a long term radical and transformative approach to the Elite Athletes Performance Programme in Kenya.
Selected athletes: Carlos Ochieng Atieno (judo), Mercy Mwethya Joseph (badminton), Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir (athletics), Webster Ndoli Lukose (weightlifting), Mathayo Matonya Mahabila (wrestling), Brian Nunda Mutua (table tennis), Danilo Rosafio (swimming), Gulraaj Singh Sehmi (shooting)