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Kenya’s 2016 route to Rio appears difficult

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With 250 days until the start of the Rio Paralympics, Kenya’s Paralympic sportspeople have a difficult road ahead of them to get to the Games because of institutional problems inside their country.  Going into a Games yes, it does not look like the country had qualified athletes in any other sports, either  its track and field nor its swimmers appear to have competed at any IPC qualifying events.


The issues start with the Kenya National Paralympic Committee having been suspended by the International Paralympic Committee in April, but managing to get unsuspended later in the year.  Problems continued with government funding Paralympic athletes resulting in the track and field athletes and swimmers having to miss important qualifying events.  Late in 2015, there was a real question of if the situation inside Kenya is so bad that the country could miss the 2016 Games.  If that happened, it would be the first Games missed by Kenya since the 1976 Games, which the team boycotted along with other African countries.

Outside of athletics, Kenya has not had a much depth in other sports in the Paralympic level.  At the 2012 Summer Games, the country only sent track and field competitors.   All time, all but one of the country’s Paralympic gold medals came in the sport. The only non-athletics gold came at the 1972 Summer Paralympics, when Britton won a gold in the men’s 25m freestyle event.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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