Highlights for Kenya this week at the Olympics


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2020 Summer Olympic Games 

Tokyo, Japan

July 23 - August 8, 2021 
 
Kenya rugby men's sevens team are set to kick off their 2020 Olympic Games campaign on July 26 in Tokyo, Japan.
 
Nicknamed Shujaa, Kenya will take on the United States of America (USA) in their opening Group C match, before facing South Africa in their second game on the same day.
 
This will be Kenya's second appearance at the Olympics having competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil where they finished 11th having won just one game in the competition.
 
Shujaa qualified for the 2020 Olympics after winning the 2019 Africa Cup Sevens and they will be keen to clinch an Olympic medal.
  
Innocent Simiyu, the Kenya sevens rugby coach, says they aim to reach the knockout stages having pitted against the USA, South Africa, and Ireland in Group C. 
 
“The selection was tough as all the boys put in the work," Simiyu said.
 
"We are happy to have a few experienced players fit and back into the fold.Our key target is getting out of the pool. Our first pool game will set the standard for our performance in Tokyo.”
 
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Meanwhile, Kenya's four boxers are expected to be in action this weekend (June 24-25) when the boxing tournaments start.
  
Nick Okoth and Elly Ajowi Ochola will compete in the men's featherweight and heavyweight divisions respectively with their opponents yet to be revealed.
 
Okoth, 38, is an experienced fighter having fought at the 2008 Olympics as a featherweight after winning the 2nd AIBA African 2008 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
 
Christine Ongare and Elizabeth Akinyi will participate in the women's flyweight and welterweight divisions respectively as they wait to learn their opponents.
 
Ongare represented Kenya at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia winning a bronze medal thus making her the first Kenyan woman to win a Commonwealth Games medal in boxing.
 

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Published: 07/22/2021