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Champs Kenya opt out of Rwanda Genocide Memorial tourney

Wednesday June 12 2019

Kenyan women cricketers celebrate with the trophy after they beat  United Arab Emirates to win the inaugural International Women’s T20 Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on December 19, 2016. The team will miss the 2019 Rwanda Genocide Memorial tournament set to kick off in Kigali on June 16, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY |

Kenyan women cricketers celebrate with the trophy after they beat United Arab Emirates to win the inaugural International Women’s T20 Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on December 19, 2016. The team will miss the 2019 Rwanda Genocide Memorial tournament set to kick off in Kigali on June 16, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY |  

RICHARD MWANGI
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Kenya women’s cricket team will miss this year’s Rwanda Genocide Memorial tournament set to kick off in Kigali on Sunday.

One of the officials, who requested for anonymity as they are not authorised to speak to the media, on Wednesday told Nation Sport Kenya will not be going to defend the trophy they won last year.

This is the second time the team will fail to compete in the championship after their 2014 no-show.

“Cricket Kenya has sent all its employees together with coaches on unpaid leave for unspecified period of time. No CK official has said a thing concerning the genocide memorial event,” said the source.

The cricket memorial tournament is aimed at honouring victims of the 1994 Genocide during which time over one million people were killed in just a 100 days in Rwanda.

In the absence of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mali and host Rwanda will fight it out for the memorial trophy. Mali will be making their debut in the tournament which has been an all-East African affair.

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