KSSSA set for Serbia trip over World School Games

Officials from the Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) will travel to Belgrade, Serbia next month to discuss the criteria for selecting teams that will participate at the 2020 World Schools Games in China.

KSSSA secretary general David Ngugi will lead the Kenyan delegation that will meet representatives from the International Schools Federation (ISF) ahead of the global championship that will be held in October 17-24.

Kenya received an invitation to be part of the biennial championship for the first time last year and the ISF has already provided slots in 22 disciplines including athletics and football but the KSSSA has yet to settle on a procedure for selecting its teams.

“We cannot take all the country’s winners to China, so to end the uncertainty we will hold presentations and discussions with ISF officials on which slots Kenya will be given and when we come back from Serbia we will have an answer,” Ngugi told Citizen Digital.

Ngugi who also doubles up as the Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Association (FEASSSA) secretary general, gave suggestions to have a combined Team Kenya at the Games a cold shoulder saying that would go against ISF’s aim to improve school championships.

“We will send schools which will win the upcoming national and East Africa titles to China but we will not form teams for Kenya because we will be presenting national teams and that is against our mandate which is to have competitiveness among our schools.

I urge all the teams to prepare well ahead of the forthcoming school championships so that they can qualify for the global competition which will be exceptional because Kenya will be taking part for the first time,” added the long-serving school games administrator.

Kenya has never participated in the championship since it started in 1974 in Germany owing to lack of sponsorship but this year the host nation China, has pledged to cater for accommodation charges as well as 80% of all flight costs for the African teams.

Other disciplines that will be on show in China are Fencing, Jump, Rope, Archery, Swimming, Badminton, Aerobic, Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Basketball, Artistic, Gymnastics, Taekwondo, Chess, Rhythmic, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Diving, Judo and Wushu.

Meanwhile, the 2020 Term One action gets underway countrywide on Thursday at the sub-county level to culminate in the Nationals set for April 14 to 23 at Kapsabet High School.

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