By Reuben Olita
Loreen Ngonga will lead Busia County team for the National Deaflympics Athletics Championships to be held at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on February 3rd-4th, 2022.
Ngonga who will feature in the 5000m women race will be hoping to better her last year’s performance when she shrugged off stiff opposition to emerge third overall to justify her prowess in the 12-lap event.
” I have been training since July last year and I am optimistic of bettering that performance and qualify for the 24th World Summer Deaflympics Games in Caxias do Sul, Brazil from 1st-15th May, 2022,” Loreen said via sign language interpreter, Christine Wandera, a communication officer at the County Government of Busia.
Busia will parade four female athletes in the championships. Others are Lydia Nerima who will participate in100m dash, Mary Nafula who will feature in the relays and Lilian Achieno.
A total of 14 runners will carry the hopes of the border county in the male championships, hoping for podium finish to book tickets for the global championships.
Gerald Wabwire, the field events maestro, will
participate in discuss, javelin, shot put and long jump. He execuded confidence of an impressive performance.
Other runners to carry the county’s flag include Victor Onyimo, Brian Ouma, Mangeni, Moses Wabwire, Humphrey Okello, Vincent Mwairs and Emmanuel Opiyo.
Officials to accompany the team includes County Chairman of People Living with Disability, Ronald Obiero Onyango, Disability Association of Kenya (DAAK) Busia Branch chairman, Seth Nyongesa, Secretary William Ekona and head coach, Davis Juma.
Obiero was optimistic that the team that has trained since July last year will do well, especially Ngonga who is capable of qualifying for the world championships, noting that this will put the county in international limelight.