The National Women’s Hockey team has qualified for the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.
International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) confirmed via via a letter to National Olympic Committee of Kenya, NOC-K.
The national women’s hockey team featured at the African Cup of nations which acted as the Commonwealth games qualifiers in Ghana where they clinched Bronze.
‘Qualification in hockey is based on FIH World Ranking, with the Kenya women’s team ranked 3rd in Africa behind South Africa and Ghana. Kenya now joins their counterparts, Ghana to compete at the Commonwealth Games, the two nations having received reallocation slots that were not taken up by the top internationally ranked teams,’ explained Kenya Hockey Union President, Col (Rtd) Nashon Randiek.
Col (Rtd) Randiek added: ‘The team has been very disciplined and hard working. This was evident from their results at the recently concluded African Cup despite the challenges we faced, they deserve to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games. For that we are delighted to receive the news that they have indeed qualified, focus now shifts to adequate preparation.’
They become the second Kenya women’s team after Basketball 3×3 to book a ticket to the Games in which Kenya will be appearing for the 17th time.
“We are extremely excited to receive this information. This comes at a time when the gender mainstreaming conversation is on a high gear in our sports fraternity and we acknowledge it plays a significant role in ensuring we get to where we want in as far as bridging the gender parity gap in sports representation and participation is concerned. More women’s qualifying team will ensure equal gender representation, and as a NOC we’d like to achieve this in every major games,” Francis Mutuku, NOC-K Secretary General.
Other women teams still on the qualification path are beach volleyball who will be heading for their qualifiers from the 25th through the 29th of March in Accra, Ghana. The Rugby 7s Women’s team are also expected to participate in a regional qualifying tournament before 30th April 2022.
Kenya will be among 10 countries that will battle for the Commonwealth title at the University of Birmingham from the 29th July to 8th August 2022.