The Local Organizing Committee of the inaugural Africa Deaf Games targets at least 16 countries to enter teams to the games set for the April 18-26 in Nairobi. The Confederation of Africa’s Deaf Sports has 22 affiliate members and nine countries have already confirmed participation.
They include Mali, Swaziland, Liberia, Gambia, Cameroon, Libya, Zambia, Sierra Leone, and Kenya have confirmed Participation. While other countries are yet to confirm their participation, team entries deadline is March 18. Kasarani will be the main games’ venue.
Efforts by the LOC are still underway to secure the Nyayo Stadium and a private institutional facility around the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, subject to the availability of funds. The LOC has placed a request for around Sh40m from the government to cater for Team Kenya’s training, facilities and accommodation.
A total of Sh94m will be sourced from corporate companies to run the continental games. Team Kenya is comprised of 250 athletes and 100 officials all for the seven disciplines that include football, futsal (five-aside football), volleyball, basketball, table tennis, badminton, handball and athletics.
There will also be a congress meeting during the Games where a new executive committee will be voted in. Washington Akaranga has declared his intentions to vie for the presidency of the Confederation of Africa Deaf Sports come April. “I will vie for the presidency of CADS.
I am confident that I have what it takes to lead the organization,” said Washington. Peter Kalae the outgoing CADS president has served the body’s constitutional maximum of two terms and is not eligible to contest. Kalae who is also the chairman of the Kenya Deaf Sports Federation will stays at the executive as the founding president after his term ends.
Elsewhere, the LOC of the Africa Deaf Games will enter a team of 12 runners to the First Lady half Marathon ser for Saturday. The team will comprise of six athletes and six runners from the committee. LOC chair Charles Nyaberi said this is to complement the First Lady’s cause. “We want to show solidarity with Her Excellency the First Lady Margret Kenyatta in her initiative,” said Nyaberi.