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African Youth Games: KRU, NOCK in talks
By Eric Njiru | Thu 10 May, 2018 14:05

The Kenya Rugby Union is in talks with National Olympics Committee of Kenya(NOC-K) over this year's Africa Youth games set for July in Algeria.

KRU is yet to select a team that will represent Kenya in the Rugby Sevens discipline as Director of Rugby Thomas Odundo says everything should be out by next week. 

Below 18

"We've been asked about it but we are still consulting NOCK since they are the ones in-charge so we should have a clear way next week."

A number of those to be selected are still in High School as the games are open to only those below 18 years by December 2018. 

22 teams and more than 300 athletes from across the continent will represent Rugby at the African Youth Games in Algiers July 2018.

The African Youth Games will serve as continental qualifier for the Olympic Youth Games in Buenos Aires from the 1st to the 6th of October 2018 where only the winner will qualify to join Argentina, Japan, USA, Australia and France. 

Rugby Africa President Abdelaziz Bougja has since said the continent has gained tremendously in the sport and was encouraged by the popularity of rugby at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Silver in 2018

"That is why we have decided to make the third edition of the African Youth Games a major objective for the 2018 season."

The teams that have confirmed participation in the Africa Youth Games are host Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

In 2014, the Kenya U-18 7s team claimed a silver medal in the rugby sevens competition after losing 60-0 to South Africa in the gold medal match. They had beaten Zimbabwe 17-12 in semis.

Eric Njiru
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