Transformation of kenya’s universities into reservoirs of elite athletes
Wanderi, P. M.
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Due to the glory, honor, recognition and rewards that are associated with winning in major international sports competitions such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, soccer World Cup, World Athletics championships and many others, strategies for identifying and nurturing sports talent is continuously explored by various countries of the world. Indeed, world-class athletes can only be nurtured and developed in environments that are conducive for sports participation and competition. In this vein, universities, being the highest institutions of learning have been noted to be ideal sites for preparing, building and exposing talent in most of the countries in the developed world. Evidence is abundant on university students in the developed world who represent and win medals for their countries in international sports competitions. However, universities in African countries are yet to fully embrace this practice and identify concrete measures for producing world-class athletes. It is against this background that the current study was undertaken in Kenya. Games tutors, who are managers of sports programmes in the public and private universities in Kenya where targeted to provide information on technical and management factors that are critical to enabling universities in the country to nurture and produce athletes of national and international caliber. The results of the study highlighted various technical and management measures for transforming Kenya’s universities into vibrant centres for developing elite athletes.