Mon, 24 Jan 2022

NAIROBI, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Paralympic committee said Wednesday it would hold its Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Para Games pre-qualifiers on Thursday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Some 250 athletes went through the classification process on the eve of the event.

The Kenya National Paralympics Committee (KNPC) conducted the Wednesday exercise ahead of the pre-qualifiers, where the top athletes will be selected to participate in the Commonwealth Games qualifying events that run until May.

The pre-qualifiers are also geared towards identifying new sporting talent and targeting youths with disabilities in the country.

"We are delighted that not only did they register online but also showed up physically today [Wednesday] at Nyayo Stadium," KNPC president Agnes Aluoch told reporters in Nairobi.

"Of course, we do well in athletics - 100m, 200m and long-distance - but we have to continue boosting other sports like swimming, cycling and powerlifting," she added.

Oluoch declared the turnout had exceeded the expected numbers, adding they had reached out to more institutions of learning than ever before.

The classification process is done to place different athletes into their respective categories with reference to their physical abilities to ensure fairness in competition during the trials.

The process was conducted by Dunera Ilako who is a licensed international classifier for visually impaired class T11, T12 & T13 and a physiotherapist team led by Titus Kilika.

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