11 receive scholarships as NOC-K aims for increased participation in Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Eleven athletes have received scholarships from the National Olympic Committee of Kenya, NOC-K, to support their preparation and qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

Among the scholarship recipients are 17-year-old African tennis champion Angela Okutoyi, table tennis player brian Mutua and boxer Christine Ongare, among others.

Fellows will receive a monthly grant until August 2024 to support their training and qualification costs.

The scholarships will also expose recipients to specialist coaching services, equipment, local/overseas training, regular medical assistance and aftercare.

Athletes present during the presentations included: Brian Mutua, Samuel Muchiri, Alexander Kiprotich, Josette Kiarie, Sharon Wakoli and Priscilla Mburu.

Athlete Profiles:

Danilo Rosafio, the Tokyo 2020 Olympian receives his second scholarship. He was the best in his heat 2 at the Tokyo Games and clocked a personal best of 52.54 seconds. Rosafio made improvements from his previous competitions, the 2019 World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, where he clocked 52.66. Danilo goes to school and trains in the UK.

Angela Okutoyi has enjoyed impeccable growth as a junior athlete, having been the first Kenyan girl to win a junior Grand Slam match at the 2022 Australian Open at age 17. She also qualified for the French Open and Wimbledon. Currently, she plays in Italy as she prepares for the prestigious Roland-Garros which will take place in June, then Wimbledon in July. If she continues on the same path, the 18-year-old has the potential to qualify for the Paris Games.

Christine Ongare is the first Kenyan woman to win a Commonwealth Games medal in boxing. The flyweight boxer will be looking to improve her performance at the Paris 2024 Olympics after making her debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Alexander Kiproticthe javelin gold medalist at the 2013 African Junior Athletics Championships also received a scholarship to fulfill his dream of competing in the 2024 Olympics. He is currently preparing for the African Senior Championships in Mauritius this month. next.

The other recipients are table tennis player Mutua Brian Ndunda, wrestler Mahabila Mathayo Matonya, Muchiri Samuel Muturi of canoeing and rowing, triathlon zone champion Josette Umi Njeri, cyclist Nancy Akinyi, bronze medalist at the last African Cross-Country Games and Wakoli Sharon, the national Taekwondo champion in -53kg.

Shooter Priscilla Mburu completes the list.

Athletes earned the nomination after being reviewed by their respective International Federations, SI, after NOC-K, submission of names.

Kenya National Olympic Committee Secretary General Francis Mutuku joked that the selection of the 11 was based on their performances and demonstrated the confidence of the IF to support their bids for qualification in 2024.

“The awards therefore mean that the IFs are confident that athletes have the potential to qualify for the Olympic Games if they put their mind to it. The awards have been granted on the basis of an athlete’s past and present exemplary performance and what the future looks like towards the Olympics at a glance,” Mutuku said.

Mr. Waithaka Kioni congratulated the athletes on behalf of the NOC-K President and encouraged them to make good use of the funds.

Full list of scholarship recipients;

1. Rosafio Danilo Swimming

2. Table Tennis Mutua Brian Ndunda

3. Mahabila Mathayo Matonya Wrestling

4. Muchiri Samuel Muturi Rowing

5. Kiprotich Alexander Athletics – Javelin

6. Angella Okutoyi Tennis

7. Triathlon Kiarie Josette Umi Njeri

8. Debe Nancy Akinyi Cycling

9. Wakoli Sharon Taekwondo

10. Ongare Christine Boxe

11. Priscilla Mburu Sport Shooting

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