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Thursday, March 02, 2017
Confusion Over Kenya & Commonwealth Youth Games

Kenya has not pulled out of the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas later this year, it has been claimed, despite National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) secretary general Francis Kinyili Paul announcing they had withdrawn.

Confusion has surfaced over the African nation's participation at the event, due to be held in Nassau from July 19 to 23, when Paul sent a notice to the NOCK membership that they had been forced to withdraw from the event.

This was dismissed by NOCK chairman Kipchoge Keino, who insisted "we have not entirely withdrawn from the Games".

It came amid another chaotic meeting, which ended prematurely after the NOCK could not agree on the agenda.

Keino admitted, however, that they were struggling to fund sending a team to The Bahamas for the Commonwealth Youth Games and warned they would not participate if they did not attract sufficient money.

insidethegames understands the Commonwealth Games Association of Kenya has not formally notified the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) nor the Bahamas 2017 Organising Committee of any withdrawal.

"We look forward to the Commonwealth Games Association of Kenya confirming their athletes and teams as soon as possible, and look forward to hosting their young athletes at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games this summer," a CGF spokesperson told insidethegames.

The initial circulation from the NOCK secretary general was met with criticism from members present at the meeting

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