Kenya’s hopes of clinching a tennis medal at the All African Games set to start this weekend has been handed an untimely blow after top seed Ismael Changawa pulled out of the games.
The 19-year-old who recently won his second successive Britam Kenya Open title could not secure a release from his University, Seminole State College in Oklahoma, United States,hence the decision.
Tennis Kenya Secretary General Wanjii-Mbugua Karani confirmed Changawa’s withdrawal, terming it as ‘very sad.’
“His School failed to release him and that is very sad because in him, we expected at least a medal,” Karani said.
“His absence will be a big blow but the ones left are also very good,” she added.
Changawa who had expressed confidence in finishing in medal places in Brazzaville was expected to fly directly to Congo Brazzaville from the US. He has since been replaced by Shail Kotecha who makes his comeback to the national tennis team after pulling out of the trials.
The team, currently in residential training at Nairobi Club, is expected to depart on September 7 for Congo, their wish to leave early to acclimatize having fallen on deaf ears.
The tennis competition will start on September 11.
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