April 14, 2024

Wanji Mbugua voted African Tennis Vice president

Wanji Mbugua voted African Tennis Vice president
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Set to serve as the Team Kenya Chief Executive Officer to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Wanji replaces outgoing Patrick Gichira who held the position for the last twelve years.

Tennis Kenya Secretary General (SG) Wanjiru Mbugua Karani has been elected the new Vice President of the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) in an elective Annual General Meeting held on Friday, 27 October in Nairobi, Kenya.

Wanji, as she is popularly known, garnered 6 votes against Comoros' Mahamoud Zayya 5 votes in the second round of voting. The first round of voting was level at 5 votes each with one spoilt vote.

She becomes the first woman in history to hold the position in the East African region and is by extension the East African president.

Set to serve as the Team Kenya Chief Executive Officer to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Wanji replaces outgoing Patrick Gichira who held the position for the last twelve years.

“I am excited for this feat, becoming the first woman president of the zone and the second one in Africa. I promise to do my best as I have in other positions and responsibilities I have held l. I see potential within us and I am very eager to sit down with all the countries to find out the challenges they are facing and how we are going to help them because I have dreamt of this opportunity,” Wanjiru told Sportpesa news.

Benin’s Jean Claude Talon, meanwhile, was elected the new CAT president with 25 votes against Nelson Amanze of Botswana who managed 12 votes. The result also had to go through a second round of voting with the first one failing to meet the three-quarter of votes threshold.