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Kenya Lionesses Lose Third Match

RESULT KEN 10 – 19 SPA TRIES: Nziwa D; Okelo J. (KEN ) | Pla, B.; Bravo, M. (2); (SPA) CONV: Garcia, P (2) The Kenyan Women’s Rugby team continued with their rocky start to the Rio 2016 Olympics when they lost 19-10 to Spain in their third Group B match. Tries by Doreen Nziwa and Janet Okelo in either half were not enough to stop a determined Spanish side. The Spanish side exploded into action with a first minute try through Barbara Pla, bringing back memories of yesterday’s matches where Kenya lost heavily to New Zealand and France. However, the Lionesses roared back with a try from Nziwa, but missed conversions from either side meant the teams were locked at 5-5 by half time Spain added a second try right after kickoff, Bravo Marina crossing the line in the first minute of the half, with Patricia Garcia converting. Marina and Garcia struck again in the fourth minute of the second half, condemning the Kenyans to a third straight defeat. Janet Okelo scored a consolation try in the second half, but it was too little too late for the Kenyans....

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Kenya Facing New Anti-Doping Probe

The world’s anti-doping authorities are investigating fresh claims that an official of Kenyan athletics was willing to take bribes of £10,000 (KES 1.325m) in order to give athletes prior warning of drug tests. The official, Major Michael Rotich, was secretly filmed by a German broadcaster and a British newspaper allegedly making the offer. Major Rotich, however, denies any wrongdoing, saying he went along with the secret meeting because he was trying to ‘protect’ the athletes. The Chief Executive of Kenya’s Anti-Doping Agency, Mr. Japhter Rugut, has promised the matter will be investigated. Athletics Kenya is yet to comment on the matter....

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Football to Kick Off Rio 2016

As much as the Rio Olympics 2016 will officially be opened on Friday 5th August, there will be Olympic football already underway by then.  Just like at the London Olympics four years ago, the Rio Olympics scheduling means teams get to kick off their summer games two days early. There will be 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams competing at the games for Olympic gold.  Notable players at the games include Brazilians Marquinos, Felipe Anderson, Rafinha and Captain Neimar. Nigeria will rely on the experience of Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel, while South Korea have Tottenham Hotspurs’ Son Heung-min.  Brazilian female superstar Marta will be joined by her 38 year old compatriot Formiga, while defending Olympic and world  champions USA will have goalkeeper Hope Solo and current world player of the year  Carli Lloyd.  The women will start their tournament on Wednesday 3rd as South Africa take on Sweden, and the men’s games begin the next day with Denmark facing Iran.  Men’s groups Group A: Brazil, South Africa, Iraq, Denmark Group B: Sweden, Colombia, Nigeria, Japan Group C: Fiji, South Korea, Mexico, Germany Group D: Honduras, Algeria, Portugal, Argentina Women’s groups Group E: Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa Group F: Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, Germany Group G: USA, New Zealand, France,...

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Kenya Flags Off Olympic Team

The first batch of Team Kenya athletes to 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro leaves Sunday morning. Members of the sevens rugby team (men and women) and their respective technical benches will be part of the group that leaves for Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Also in the 9am flight to Rio via Luanda will be judo, archery and weightlifting teams represented by one athlete each as well as the three-man boxing squad. The National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) Secretary-general FK Paul told Sunday Nation Sport that all travel arrangements are in place for the team’s departure. “An advance party led by our chef de mission, Stephen Soi, is already in Rio to make preparations for the team’s arrival. Once the first group of athletes arrives in Rio, the Kenyan flag will be raised at the Olympics village to signify Kenya’s presence,” FK Paul said. Thereafter, the team is expected to commence training progamme ahead of the opening ceremony on August 5. According to FK Paul, the next batch of athletes will depart on July 31 and August 7. The marathon team will be the last group to leave at a date yet to be announced. The men and women’s sevens rugby teams comprise 12 players each and three officials. The two teams will be under tutelage of coach Benjamin Ayimba who coordinate their training sessions. (READ:...

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Kenya won’t be banned by IOC

Despite a surge of doping cases over the last four years, and an increasingly dysfunctional and now suspended drug-testing agency, Kenya’s athletes were cleared to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics by the IAAF on Friday. The International Olympic Committee, which has the final call on whether Kenya’s famed distance runners will run in Rio in August, also is unlikely to stop the country sending a team. “That’s good news, hey,” Kenya track federation president Jackson Tuwei told The Associated Press, laughing in apparent relief. “That’s real good news. That is the best news I’ve had, at least for today.” It had been a seriously fretful 24 hours for Tuwei and others after the World Anti-Doping Agency’s unexpected decision on Thursday to suspend Kenya’s national anti-doping body over flawed legislation passed by lawmakers last month. The declaration of non-compliance by WADA raised the possibility that the IAAF might be emboldened to seek a sterner punishment for Kenya, as it did last year when it banned Russia following a crisis at its anti-doping...

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