[8th April 2015]

THE KENYA RUGBY SEVEN'S- TOKYO 2015: DOWN BUT NOT OUT

The team poses for a photo with Mr. Paul Ndung'u, Charge D' Affaires and Mr. Julius Kithamba, First Counselor.

The Embassy recently was honored to welcome the Kenya Rugby Seven's team on 3rd April 2015 when the team was in Tokyo this Easter Weekend to participate in the Tokyo Seven's 2015 tournament. During a visit to the team at their Hotel, Mr. Paul Ndung'u, Charge D'Affaires and Mr. Julius Kithamba, First Counselor led the team in prayers for Kenya especially for the families of the victims of the Garissa Terror attack. The Embassy also introduced the Seven's team leaders to the management of LOOP, a Tokyo based company that has expressed willingness to sponsor the Kenya Seven's in the near future. The Tokyo Seven's Games were held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April 2015 at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Grounds, in Tokyo.

The team was in high spirits and started its opening match well by beating giants, such as the USA. However, the Kenyans gracefully bowed out at the quarter finals following a severe injury suffered by their star player, Lavin Asego which significantly weakened the team's morale. Luckily, the player who had his Achilles heel snapped went through a successful operation and was able to join the team on their flight back home on 6th April thanks to the commendable job by the surgeons at the Tokyo Jikei University Hospital.

In welcoming the team in Tokyo, the Charge D'Affaires noted the team was going to play under difficult circumstances following the shocking news of the massacre of 147 innocent students at the Garissa University on 2nd April 2015. He however called on the team to remain strong in honor of the fallen compatriots. The team welcomed these sentiments and promised to wear black arm bands during their matches in solidarity with the grieving families of the victims of the barbaric violence.

Despite their setback in Tokyo, the Embassy congratulates the Kenya Rugby Seven's team noting that they now stand at position 13 in the world championship which is not a mean feat by the young team. We salute the fact that the team continues to place Kenya's Rugby on the World map. We wish them all the best as they proceed to represent our country in the HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow in the United Kingdom in May this year.

The Embassy is also grateful to all Rugby fans especially the Kenyan community in Japan who enthusiastically supported and encouraged the team during their Easter matches.

The team is led in prayers by the Charge D'Affaires, Mr. Paul Ndung'u.

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