April 14, 2024

Hope for Kenya swimmers after FINA Meets stakeholders

Hope for Kenya swimmers after FINA Meets stakeholders

In the past week, the Global Federation FINA Led a stabilization committee in Nairobi talks aimed at ratifying and harmonizing the constitution with a hope of holding elections by December 2022.

Kenya could soon be back at the international swimming competitions if ongoing talks yield consensus on way forward following a series of meetings and talks between local federation and international  swimming Federation FINA.

This comes even as hopes for the lifting of an indefinite ban imposed on Kenya by FINA remains uncertain.

Kenya Swimming Federation, KSF, had been previously suspended by FINA  with hopes of fresh elections in 2019 but consistent failure to hold elections  three years later led to an indefinite ban that has locked Kenyan swimmers from competing at international events under the Kenyan flag.

In the past week, the Global Federation FINA Led a stabilization committee in Nairobi talks aimed at ratifying and harmonizing the constitution with a hope of holding elections by December 2022.

In a statement after consultative meeting with all stakeholders on Thursday in Nairobi International Swimming Federation (FINA) vice president Sam Ramsamy  spoke hope , saying the Federation is set to hold unified elections by December.

In a follow up statement, Kenya’s National Olympics Committee NOC-K through its Secretary General Francis Mutuku who is a Member of the Committee, noted the urgency to have the ban on Swimming activities in Kenya lifted  “The Stabilization Committee was established with the goal of bringing together all Swimming Stakeholders. It is important to lay aside differences within the Federation and seek a solution that will see the resumption of normalcy in the Swimming fraternity.”

In addition, Moses Mwase, Secretary of the Stabilization Committee, stressed the Athlete-centered approach to strengthening Swimming activities in Kenya.

FINA Vice President, CANA President, and IOC Member, Mr. Ramsamy Sambasivan, led the Nairobi meeting introducing the Stabilization Committee set by FINA to spearhead the normalization process of the swimming issues.