NAIROBI, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Conrad Thorpe, head of the Kenya Swimming Federation (KSF) Interim Management Committee, said Wednesday that Kenya will have its best crop of emerging swimmers at the Africa Games on August 18-31 in Casablanca, Morocco.
"The Africa Games form a solid foundation for the young swimmers we intend to help qualify for the Olympics. There is also the CANA (Confederation of African Nations Amateur) zone four swimming championships, where Kenyan swimmers performed well last year. This year we will have it in Windhoek, Namibia in February," said Thorpe.
Despite facing myriad management challenges and financial constraints, the Kenyan delegation is looking forward to the trip to Casablanca as part of its build up and preparation ahead of next year's Olympic qualifiers for the 2020 Games in Japan.
Sylvia Brunlehner, her sister Maria Brunlehner and Emily Muteti have impressed on the global scene and will be part of Kenya team for the Africa Games.
In the boys' side, the East African country will place their hopes on the prowess of U.S-based Issa Abdallah Mohammed and Steve Maina Kimani.
Maria tops in the FINA ranking with 758 points followed by Muteti with 750 and Sylvia 730, while Abdalla has 711 followed by Kimani 668.