The Kenya Baseball5 National Team risks missing out on the Baseball5 World Cup (B5WC) due to the lack of funds to cater for the preparation of the trip to Mexico, where the tournament is scheduled from 7th to 11th November.
Reaching out to this blog on Friday, October 14, the head coach of the Kenya Baseball5 team Susan Mwangi informed us that the cash-strapped Ministry of Sports failed in its duty to provide financial aid owing to the current period of transition in the government.
This left their chances of representing Kenya on the global stage in great jeopardy.
It took the timely intervention of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) who charitably agreed to cater for flight charges, accommodation and local transportation.
Despite this generous offer, the fate of their trip is still uncertain, since they have no money for uniforms and the facilitation of important documents like Visas and the COVID-19 test.
The 10-man team now falls at the mercy of well-wishers.
“Good Morning Cyprian.
I am Susan Mwangi, head coach of the Kenya Baseball 5 national team.
Seeking your help.
The World Cup Championship will be held in Mexico from 7th to 11th November 2022.
Unfortunately, due to the current political situation, the ministry has failed to support us.
The IOC, however, have agreed to cater for flight charges, accommodation and local transportation.
Now, the 10 people team is stranded as we are lacking money for uniforms, Visas, COVID-19 test and picked money.
Kindly sir, find it in your heart to help these young people achieve their dreams in any way possible.
Any help will be appreciated.
Regards, Susan,” the source writes.
Baseball 5 is an exciting and fast-moving game modelled on the principles of traditional baseball.
Played by 5 players against 5, it can be recreated anywhere there is open space, including backyards and basketball courts.
Kenya is currently in position 2 in the continent in Baseball5.