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New paralympic sport introduced in Kenya

The Kenyan Paralympic Committee has received a donation of sporting equipment from the British High Commission. The donation which included 12 bags carrying different sets of boccia balls and equipment used to set up and mark the playing field of boccia game.

The initiative aims to tap grassroots talents that will help the athletes with severe forms and levels of disabilities showcase their talent in the less technical sport paralympic sport.

The game, new in Kenya, is only played in South Africa on the continent will help boost the morale of the people living with severe disabilities as they, too, will also be active in the sporting field.

Leonard Mizigo who is the Ambassador of boccia in Kenya said they want to introduce the new and growing sport in Kenya to help those people with severe disability have a chance to represent Kenya in future.

“We are hoping that with this less technical we hope to mentor and produce quality players that will take part in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics and put Kenya on the international map,” he said.

Present during the launch, secretary of the Paralympic committee Elijah Mwandihi said the new sport will be spread across all special schools in Kenya as the British High commission had donated enough ball to be spread across all counties cross Kenya.

British High Commission head of communication Stephen Burns said that they were happy to donate the equipment to the Kenya Paralympic team to nurture young talents.

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