Scholars tipped to shine at East Africa athletics tourney

Rwanda hosts East Africa Youth Athletic Championships

Rwanda hosts East Africa Youth Athletic Championships

from PHYLLIS BIRORI in Kigali & MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi
KIGALI/NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – YOUNGSTERS in the region will this coming weekend converge in Huye, Rwanda for what is expected to be a tightly-contested East African Secondary School Games.

The event scheduled for Saturday until August 23, will see scholars drawn from host Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Ethiopia battle in one of the most prominent regional high school championships.

Uganda have reportedly announced a competitive team while Kenya have countered with a powerful marathon squad that is projected for top honours.

Although the hosts’ squad is yet to be made public, authorities said the team would be ready to make an impact and make the most of home advantage.

Among the favourites ahead of the meeting is Kenya’s world youth 800m gold medallist, Willy Tarbei, who will lead a fields of 40 boys and girls to Huye.

Tarbei impressed at the recent International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championships in Colombia alongside compatriot Kipyegon Bett.

The latter will also be in the squad that also includes Davis Kiplangat, Alfred Barkach and Andrew Lorot among others.

Uganda nonetheless is tipped to dominate the 5 000m and 10 000m events.

Meanwhile, the week-long East African youth championships will be used to scout future international athletes for the region.

CAJ News

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