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Kenya to build Deaf-Sport Capacity ahead of next Deaflympics

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The Government of Kenya will build capacity to bolster the country’s fortunes at the 2025 Summer Olympics to be held in Japan.

According to Principal Secretary, State Department for Culture and Heritage, Josephta Mukobe, the essence is to present a more substantial, bigger, and more experienced athletes with hearing disabilities for the next Deaflympics cycle, reports capitalfm.

“Our long-distance runners have done well, but there are other sporting activities that we did not qualify. And so, our role is to go back to the drawing board and identify those other sporting activities that are not up to standard.”

“We will strive to train people with hearing disabilities so that quality is injected into all disciplines ahead of the next cycle of the Games. So come 2025, we can have more disciplines entered by Team Kenya than just the six that we were participating in at this edition,” said Mukobe.

Mukobe expressed satisfaction in how the athletes have performed, adding: “We came here to perform. We didn’t come to look at the trees. Yes, we admire the trees; this country is well-populated with trees, but our reason for coming here is to win medals.”

“I’m excited about the performance of Kenyans, especially when we clinched the first four positions in the 10,000m race. The Deaflympics shows that Kenya takes all sports seriously and specifically sports with persons with disabilities.”

Mukobe noted that the Government wants persons with disabilities to be part and parcel of sporting activities in the country.

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