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Nakuru to reap big as World Rally Championship comes back to Kenya after 19 years

Preparations are on top gear for Kenya to host the World Rally Championship slated for  24 to 27 June 2021.

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WRC Safari CEO Mr Phineas Kimathi addressing media at the Nakuru County Headquarters.PHOTO/NGPU.

Preparations are on top gear for Kenya to host the World Rally Championship slated for  24 to 27 June 2021.

WRC Safari Rally Chief Executive Officer and Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF) Chairman Phineas Kimathi has reiterated the importance of the return of the World Rally Championship to motorsport fraternity in the country.

Speaking in Nakuru on Tuesday after holding a closed door meeting with Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, Kimathi expressed that all is set   for the event.

“This is a great opportunity for Kenya since we have missed out for the last 19 years. All is set and we are working with all stakeholders to finalize the preparations so that we can deliver a great competition” he said.

He assured that steps are in place to ensure safety of participants and the rest of the stakeholders.

Nakuru County will reap big from the Multi-billion-event with already hotels in Naivasha fully booked for the event.

The rally,which will take place in Naivasha, has major benefits for Nakuru County with over 5,000 guests from all over the world expected to attend.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui on his part stated that the event will be a boost to to tourism an hospitality sector in Nakuru.

“Preparations have been in place from security to hospitality industry. We will be working with tourism players to ensure the visitors coming can also be a benefit to the county. Security and safety measures are in place to ensure peaceful and successful rally” said Kinyanjui.

He added that the event is plus and good news to Nakuru hospitality industry that was hit by the harsh economic times occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kenya sevens coach Simiyu sacked, Britain’s McGrath takes over

Recently, the team was slammed when it lost to neighbors Uganda in the Africa sevens championship semifinals, but recovered to finish third and qualify for the Rugby Sevens World Cup set for South Africa in September.

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Kenya’s rugby sevens head coach and former international Innocent Simiyu was sacked on Wednesday and replaced by Damian McGrath.

“The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has opted to part ways with Simiyu, head coach of the Kenyan men’s national sevens team, Shujaa. Also leaving the Shujaa set up are technical bench members Michael Shamiah and Anthony Muchiri,” the KRU said in a statement released here on Wednesday.

The rugby governing body said McGrath will take charge for the next two years leading up to the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris.

McGrath boasts close to 30 years of sevens coaching experience, having most recently led Germany to victory at the World Rugby Challenger Series in Chile in 2020.

He previously coached Canada between 2016 and 2019, leading the Canadians to the Main Cup title at the 2017 Singapore Sevens.

Prior to the Canadian job, the Englishman was in charge of the Samoa squad during the 2015-16 season, leading them to the Main Cup title at the 2016 Paris Sevens.

McGrath also coached England at the 2002 and 2014 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Glasgow, as well as the 2005 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Hong Kong.

“Kevin Wambua, who has been a part of the Shujaa set up, will assist Damian in ensuring a seamless transition while Geoffrey Kimani takes up the Strength and Conditioning coaching role,” the KRU added.

Kimani, who is part of the National Olympic Committee-Kenya Elite Performance set up, is no stranger to the Shujaa set up, and returns for a fourth stint, having previously served in the S&C role between 2007 and 2011, 2015-16 and 2017-18.

Simiyu returned to the helm in September 2020, replacing New Zealand’s Paul Feeney who left the role by mutual consent, as the KRU announced at the time.

The retired international had been sacked from the same position two years earlier after admitting responsibility for a player’s protest at the 2018 Paris Sevens.

Kenya have struggled to replicate the form that made them a household name on the international circuit, reaching a peak when they won the 2016 Singapore Sevens.

Recently, the team was slammed when it lost to neighbors Uganda in the Africa sevens championship semifinals, but recovered to finish third and qualify for the Rugby Sevens World Cup set for South Africa in September.

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Kenya women’s wheelchair basketball team qualifies for Commonwealth Games

The team travelled for qualifications in November 2021, where they beat the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, and Tanzania before losing to South Africa.

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Kenya women’s wheelchair basketball three-by-three team will feature in their first-ever Commonwealth Games after qualifying for the Birmingham 2022 edition, the country’s Olympics Committee announced on Wednesday.

“For the first time in history, we shall have the wheelchair basketball team participate in a major competition. We received the news on Tuesday, and we are still processing it with all the excitement. We cannot wait to go and represent our nation as we aim for a podium finish with our four athletes,” team manager Alfred Simiyu said in a statement issued in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The women’s team has been training together with their male counterparts in Nairobi ahead of the games that start in Birmingham, United Kingdom on July 27.

The team travelled for qualifications in November 2021, where they beat the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, and Tanzania before losing to South Africa.

Wheelchair basketball 3×3 will be making its debut in the Commonwealth Games, with the events scheduled to run concurrently with the Basketball 3×3.

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Humphrey Kuria is the overall winner of the 2022 Standard County Golf Classic series

This is the second time Kuria ,67, is winning the series.

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Humphrey Kuria is the overall winner of the 2022 Standard County Golf Classic series held at the Nakuru Golf Club on Saturday 5, February 2022.
This is the second time Kuria ,67, is winning the series.
Besides, he has also taken part in the Nakuru legs, since the inception of the tournament that attracts over 100 golfers.
When interviewed by journalists after the event, Kuria was categorical that,  “I prepared well ahead of the event. I really feel proud for being a double winner of the series.”
According to him, the secret behind his victory is consistency.
A member of Njoro Golf Club in Nakuru and Vet Lab Sports Club in Nairobi, Kuria lauded the organizers and sponsors for a well-planned event.
The resilient golfer first embraced the game in 1995 when he was elected Secretary General of Njoro Golf Club before he started competing in major tournaments in 2001.
Speaking during the awarding ceremony, Standard Group CEO Orlando Lyomu challenged the golfers to take care of their environment.
The event was also graced by Mediheal Group of Hospitals Vice President International Buisness Mr. Gokul Prem Kumar and Vice President Operations at Mediheal Group of Hospitals Mr.Santosh Devaraj.
It should be noted that Mediheal Group of Hospitals-A Platinum Healthcare Partner was the main partner among others that made the event successful.

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