The Star (Nairobi)

Zambia: Team for Lusaka Show to Be Named Over Weekend

Kenya Swimming Federation (KSF) will use the long course gala this weekend to pick a team for the CANA Zone 3 and 4 Championship to be held in Lusaka in April

Kenya Swimming Federation (KSF) secretary, Caroline Nzioki, said they expect a bumper entry for the event. "We expect a huge turnout as several swimmers are eyeing a chance to compete in the Zambia show," added Nzioki.

The swimmers, who take part in the CANA Championship will also be considered for the World swimming Championships in Barcelona in from July 19- August 4 and the World Youth Championships in Dubai from August 26- 31.

Kenya will be represented by 24 swimmers at the CANA event and Nzioki has predicted a competitive two-day event at Moi, Kasarani. "I expect the top swimmers in the country to grace the event considering the number of international competitions on schedule later in the year," he noted.

The Lusaka bonanza has attracted 10 countries among them hosts Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Nigeria, Kenya and Seychelles.

Last year, Kenya sent 12 swimmers to the championships. Ramadhan Vyombo, Hamdan Bayusuf, Joshua Oruya, Kiptolo Boit, George Kariuki and Abudlmajid Kademani represented the country in the men's category with Anlam Salyani, Talisa Lanoe, Camilla Owora, Lorraine Gakuo, Audrey Ramogo and Hanifa Said taking part in the women's show.

Some of the swimmers expected for this weekend's event are-- Bayusuf, Vyombo, Emily Muteti, Anita Field and Tony Pragasa. All the four swimmers represented the country at the World Championships in Turkey last year.

Nzioka said the swimmers experience in Turkey will enable them prepare adequately for this year's international competitions.

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