NAIROBI, Kenya, July 10 – Last year’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) nominees Sheil and Sneha Kotecha, have been named by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) to represent Kenya in tennis at the 2018 Africa Youth Games scheduled to be hosted in Algiers, Algeria from July 18-28.
The Kotecha siblings will join Faith Nyabera and Albert Njogu in the Kenyan team that will train at the Nairobi Club.
Sheil, who was among the team that won the 2018 Davis Cup, will be depended on to use his experience as Kenya seek to win the continental title in the discipline.
Team Kenya will filed athletes in five disciplines which include; athletics that will have 26 competitors, 2 teams of beach volleyball, hockey comprising of 9 players, 4 tennis players and 4 swimmers.
NOCK on Tuesday appointed retired Kenya Rugby International Humphrey Kayange as Team Kenya’s Chef De Mission for the Games that will be celebrating its third edition.
The team reported residential camp on Tuesday as they gear up in seeking to improve their last edition results.
NOCK has released training venues with the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani hosting athletics, hockey will train at City Park Stadium, Beach Volleyball will have theirs at Strathmore, Tennis at the Nairobi Club while swimmers will train in Mombasa.
The Games, organized under the auspices of ANOCA target athletes of ages between 14 to 18 years old.
The first edition was held in Morocco in 2010 and the second one in Botswana in 2014.
The Africa Youth Games is geared towards the development of the Youth in Africa, inculcate Olympic values amongst the athletes and act as Qualifiers for a number of disciplines to the Youth Olympics, which will be held later this year in Argentina.
Africa Youth Games will bring together disciplines open to all African Countries.