Make 2016 good for sports

Monday January 4 2016

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The year 2016 will be busy for Kenyan sports men and women, especially as it is an Olympic year.

Athletes’ performance at the World Championships in Beijing, China, last year was perhaps a pointer to what Kenyans should expect at the Olympic Games due in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kenya topped the medal standings for the first time with seven gold, six silver, and three bronze medals, beating Jamaica and USA.

Most Kenyan athletes have qualified for the Olympics, besides the Kenya Sevens men and women’s rugby teams.

Several disciplines, including volleyball, swimming, and boxing, are trying to qualify their athletes.

It is to be hoped that the government and the National Olympic Committee of Kenya will support the other disciplines to qualify as the Games are only seven months away.

There has been talk in the past about the country diversifying to other disciplines so as to enhance its medal tally, but nothing concrete has been done.

The national soccer team, Harambee Stars, will also need support as it tries to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations from Group E.

The team is placed third behind Congo and Zambia, hence it must win its remaining four matches to qualify.