Double World Deaflympics champion, Simon Cherono (5000m and 1500m) will headline a strong team of about 140 Athletes who will participate in the Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya (DAAK) national trials at Kasarani this weekend.
Kenya will use the two-day event to select a team of 40 athletes that will represent the country in the first ever Africa Deaf Games set to take place in Nairobi from November 10-26, 2015.
Cherono the 5,000m world record holder will be fighting for a place in team Kenya during the trials that has also attracted Daniel Kiptum, Baxton Menjo and World Junior Record Holder Beryl Atieno and her brother David Wamira.
African teams confirm participation
About eight African countries have so far expressed their interest in taking part in the track and field events championship.
Players will be gunning for slots in High Jump, Pole Vault, Long and Triple Jump, Hammer throw, Javelin and Discus. Other events include the 4×100 relay, 4X400 relay, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m races.
“This event is very important for us because we will also be scouting for talented deaf athletes to take part in international events coming up in the next two years,” said DAAK secretary General, Benard Banja.
He continued: “In the recent past, we have seen massive talent among deaf athletes and we are grateful that they have a platform to expose their talent and represent Kenya in global events.”
World Deaf Athletics Championships
Even as DAAK prepares for the Africa Deaf Games in November, the Association has its eyes on the 3rd World Deaf Athletics Championships set for Pravets, Bulgaria from June 25 to July 3, 2016, and the 23rd Summer Deaflympics Games in Samsun, Turkey from 18th-30th July 2017.
In 2013 at the 22nd Summer Deaflympics held in Sofia, Bulgaria, Kenya won a total of 17 medals including six gold, five silver and six bronze, placing the team 1st in Africa and 8th position globally out of 72 countries that took part in the competition.
Since then, Safaricom has held two DAAK Marathon events in Kisumu and Eldoret, with the Safaricom National Deaf Athletics Championships being among the 15 events under the banner of Safaricom Athletics Series.
Safaricom has sponsored the trials at a tune of Sh2m.
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