Kenya to host Deaflympics ball qualifiers

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 00:00 |
Kenya’s women’s deaf national football team, Deaf Harambee Starlets, pose for a group photo at a past event. Photo/PD/GIBO ZACHARY

Following Kenya’s successful hosting of the first ever Africa Deaf Athletics Championships (ADAC) in Nairobi last year, the country is set to host another high-octane continental ball games extravaganza in 2021.

The Confederation of Africa Deaf Sports (CADS) has confirmed that Kenya will host football and basketball games that will be used as Africa’s qualifiers for the 24th Summer Deaflympics Games set for Brazil on December 5 - 21, 2021.

“CADS is happy to bring to your attention that during ADAC in Kenya, we had engagements with the Principal Secretary of Sports and the Cabinet Secretary of Sports, and in those meetings through our president Mohamed Madoun, CADS proposed that with the challenge Africa faces when it comes to hosting events, Kenya to offer CADS another opportunity by hosting Africa Deaflympics ball games qualifications,”  CADS said in a letter sent to Kenya Sports Federation of the Deaf . 

“CADS is therefore happy to say that Kenya can go ahead and comply with the bidding process as per the host regulations of which once met, a greenlight to host will be given to host ball games,” added the letter.

Deaf Football Association of Kenya are elated with CADS nod  and are appealing to well-wishers, to partner with them in making the qualifications a success.

 Special attention now shifts to the Ministry of Sports to support the bid and give its approval that, indeed, the country is ready to host the qualifiers. 

Kenya’s bidding has also received huge backing from the world deaf football governing body, Deaf International Football Association. (DIFA).

 “Due to the Deaflympics being held in Brazil from December 5 to 21, 2021, football qualification matches are required from March 22 to April 4, 2021 at Nairobi, Kenya.

10-12 men and possibly 5-6 women’s teams are expected to participate in qualifying matches,” DIFA President lakov Frenkel said in  letter addressed to KSFD.

“It is indeed a great honour to all of us,” a delighted Deaf Football Association of Kenya  told People Sport.

With all indications showing that Kenya has all the support and backing from international deaf sports families, Waweru has appealed to the government to respond in time and approve the bidding to enable them make early preparations.

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