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Thousands brave coastal heat to watch NOC-K beach games

Thousands of sports’ lovers Saturday thronged the Buntwani Water Front in Malindi to witness the first ever beach games hosted by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC).

They braved the sweltering coastal heat to watch the 14 beach sports disciplines that attracted at least 900 sports men and women and more than 100 officials from various sports federations and the NOC Kenya.

Ganze Member of Parliament Kenneth Kazungu Tungule praised NOC and the County Government for the sporting activity that he said would go a long way in reviving the tourism sector in the county.

“This event has boosted the economy of Malindi and the County in general and I thank NOC and the County Government of Kilifi for bringing these sports here,” said the legislator.

He called upon the county administrators to strive more to ensure the great sporting potential in the county is tapped and nurtured.

He said sporting activities could help resolve the unemployment situation in the county and the country in general.

Among the sporting activities that were concluded Saturday were judo and karate and the winners were presented with medals.

In judo, Kenya Prisons were declared champions after trouncing Ulinzi and Mombasa United judo teams, according the Kenya Judo Association Director Joseph Momanyi.

By Emmanuel Masha

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