The one sport which has been associated with Kenya for decades is middle-distance running but their 15-a-side rugby team are taking strides to change that.
Kenyan athletes are reigning Olympic champions in four track events as well as marathon title holders in both the men’s and women’s races and they have amassed more than a century of medals at various games since Tokyo in 1964.
In contrast, the Simbas (The Lions), led by New Zealander Ian Snook, have failed to claim a place at next year’s World Cup in Japan after two defeats in the ongoing qualifying repechage tournament in Marseille, losing 65-19 to Canada and 42-17 to Hong Kong.
But team manger Wangila Simiyu thinks the sport is evolving in the east African republic.
“Rugby has really grown in Kenya, both in primary and secondary schools, especially in the (housing) estates,” he told AFP.
“The number of children playing this game is over 10,000, (ranging) from six to 18 years old,” Wangila added. Read more
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