Kenyan president hails sports teams for great performances

first_imgKenyan president vows vengeance for Somalia attack resident Kenyatta (centre) with Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed when they posed for a photo with Team Kenya members at State House Nairobi. Photo/PSCU.Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday congratulated Kenyan teams in various international sport events for outstanding performances.Kenyatta said he has been closely following exploits by the country’s sports men and women, adding, “I am particularly impressed by the performances by our teams at the 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco.”The east African nation is ranked seventh at the African Games with 11 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals.Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa occupy the top three positions with 270, 126 and 87 medals respectively.According to Kenyatta, the hard-fought win on Friday evening by Malkia Strikers, the country’s women volleyball team, was typical of the resilience and the fighting spirit of the Kenyan people.“We all saw how our volleyball queens put up a spirited fight to win gold last (Friday) night. They fought hard against a tough Cameroonian team to retain their title as African Champions,” he said.Kenyatta also lauded team captain in Rabat, Julius Yego who not only retained his African Championship by winning gold but also ensured fellow Kenyan Alexander Kiprotich came second.He also congratulated the Kenyan team which finished second at the World Martial Arts Mastership Tong Il Moo Do in South Korea for a splendid performance.Other notable Kenyan performances at the continental games which end today include a silver medal win by boxer Shaffi Bakari in the 52kg flyweight, the half marathon gold win by Titus Ekiru and a podium sweep by Kenya in men’s 5,000m as well as the gold win by George Manangoi in 1,500m.Related Kenyan President heads to China for FOCACcenter_img Kenyan judge elected ICC vice presidentlast_img read more

Browns’ Landry ahead of schedule in rehab from hip surgery

first_img WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 21st May, 2020 06:29 IST Browns’ Landry Ahead Of Schedule In Rehab From Hip Surgery Quarantine has allowed Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry to focus even more on his recovery from off-season hip surgery. COMMENT Quarantine has allowed Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry to focus even more on his recovery from off-season hip surgery.Landry, who opted for surgery in February after being slowed by an injury last season, said on a Zoom call Wednesday that his rehab has gone as well as expected and he’s “a little bit” ahead of schedule.Landry envisions being back on the field in August — assuming players are allowed to return in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.“Rehab process is going great,” Landry said from his Florida home. “It’s just a little difficult obviously, just some of the modality type of things I’ve been doing that obviously with quarantine and everything I haven’t been able to have access to. So that’s kind of been the toughest part of it.”Right now I’m a little bit ahead of schedule, but the most important thing right now is taking it day by day. I can’t predict when exactly I’ll be on the field, whether that’s July, August or September. But obviously my return date is sometime in August.”Landry didn’t miss a game last season despite a hip injury that flared up in training camp. The 27-year-old has never missed a game since breaking in with Miami in 2014 and said he’s determined to keep his streak intact.“That’s one of the goals that I would set out for myself since I was a kid watching ‘Monday Night Football,’” he said. “And it’s still something that’s in the back of my mind. Obviously I want to make sure that I’m going through this process the right way, too, and making sure that I’m healthy enough to be able to go out there and help the team win games and not hurt the team.”Landry finished with a team-high 83 catches for 1,174 yards and six touchdowns last season. In six seasons, he has 564 catches for 6,188 yards and 32 TDs.During the shutdown because of the virus outbreak, Landry has stayed in touch with good friend and teammate Odell Beckham Jr., who had surgery in January for a core muscle injury.“We’ve been Face-Timing,” Landry said. “We’ve been kind of documenting our whole process of recovery and sending it back and forth to each other. Obviously right now, it’s a crucial time in our recovery stages of getting our strength back. The healing process is kind of done. Now it’s time to make sure that everything’s working together.”NOTES: The Browns signed two 2020 draft picks: TE Harrison Bryant and WR Donovan Peoples-Jones to their rookie contracts. Bryant, the John Mackey Award winner last season from Florida Atlantic, was taken in the fourth round while People-Jones, who played at Michigan, was drafted in the sixth round. Landry and Peoples-Jones became friends before the draft and Landry has been impressed with his new teammate. “He has a lot of questions, which I admire about him,” Landry said. “He’s asking me about punters. He’s asking me about the team. He’s asking me about guys on the team. I see already he’s a hard worker. I see that he’s eager to learn.” Associated Press Television News FOLLOW UScenter_img First Published: 21st May, 2020 06:29 IST Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TVlast_img read more