Kenya wrestlers seeks new beginning, domination at Africa Games in Morocco

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-17 23:47:53|Editor: yan
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Nairobi, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Kenya wrestlers hope to use the experience gained from the African Championships held in Tunisia in March to dominate at the Africa Games and win their first ever gold.

Kenya only won two wrestling medals at the last games in Brazzaville, Congo through Holln Ochieng and Sammy Nyongesa and the team manager Eric Walucho believes there has been more exposure and fresh talent coming through the system capable of wresting gold in Rabat, Morocco. The Africa Games start on August 19-30.

"After the 2015 performance in Congo, the team went back to the drawing board and reviewed our mistakes and have done well at the Africa Championships. Now we need to take it a notch higher at the Africa Games and win more medals. Gold should be among them," said Walucho on Saturday in Nairobi.

Kenya has also made random dope test to ascertain there is no cheats in the team. In the last games, two Nigerian medalists were disqualified due to doping. They were 55 kg women's freestyle gold medalist Patience Opuene and 60 kg runner-up Ebi James Igbadiwe.

Now Walucho believes with good preparation, the team can finally exhibit their potential and dominate at the continental stage. Kenya team has 10 wrestlers - six men and four women - and will make the last batch of players to depart for Morocco on August 22.