Kenya to send 25 Swim­mers to CANA Zone Four Champs

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Kenya will send a squad of 25 swim­mers to the CANA Zone Four Cham­pi­onships in Zim­babwe in Fe­bru­ary next year.

Ac­cord­ing to the Joint Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee held on Monday, the dead­line to sub­mit en­tries for the event is De­cem­ber 15 and they hope en­ter the team with a month prior to the ul­ti­ma­tum.

Ac­cord­ing to the JSC, the data­base of swim­mers from both as­so­ci­a­tions will be looked at to en­sure only the best swim­mers are given a chance and par­ents are given early no­ti­fi­ca­tion for the event.

Kenya has al­ready missed two events—the Africa Se­nior Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in Bloem­fontein, South Africa and the CANA 3 Cham­pi­onships in Kigali, Rwanda this month. The JSC says in future, they have a se­lec­tion cri­te­ria for three tiers. The top tier will fea­ture swim­mers, who want to swim at the World Cham­pi­onships-cum-Olympics Games while the sec­ond tier will com­prise swim­mers for con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­onships. Third tier will have swim­mers with an eye on re­gional com­pe­ti­tions. The JSC said once them a data­base is cleaned up and ver­i­fied, Kenyan swim­mers, who have been ne­glected for long and missed cham­pi­onships, will be able to hon­our the events from next year.

Apart from the event in Zim­babwe, Kenya should be able to send a team to the world long course cham­pi­onship in Bu­dapest Hun­gary in April amongst other in­ter­na­tional events.

Else­where, the seven Kenyan swim­mers have stepped up train­ing for the world short course cham­pi­onships in Canada next month. The swim­said they hope to be com­pet­i­tive at the global show. They are— Emily Muteti, Re­becca Ka­mau, Sylvia Brun­lehner, Imara Be­lathorpe(girls) and Issa Ab­dalla, Ki­mani Maina, Abubakar Kader­nani (boys).

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