Kenya Withdraws From Commonwealth Youth Games
On account of the need to concentrate on hosting the IAAF world under-18 athletics championships, Kenya on Tuesday confirmed its withdrawal from next month's Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.
The July 19-23 Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, which features athletics, boxing, judo, rugby sevens, swimming and tennis gets underway three days after the conclusion of the world under-18 track and field champs in Nairobi.
"After due considerations and deliberations, I have been advised to inform you that we will not be in position to sponsor the team because most of resources have been committed to the World Under-18 Youth championships which Kenya is hosting," top Kenyan sports official Haroun Komen said in a letter to the National Olympic Committee of Kenya, which is responsible for the team's participation at the Commonwealth Youth games.
"Subsequently, Kenya will not send a team to the Games."
Kenya finished ninth behind winners Australia in the last Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September 2015, but the country is already facing a reputation challenge in staging the under-18 athletics championships after several top nations, including the United States, Britain and Japan pulled out of the event, citing security concerns.
The July 12-16 championships will be the first IAAF global youth athletics event to be held in Africa.
It will also be the final edition of the championships as the IAAF shifts its focus from the under-18 age group to continental championships.