By Paul Osborne

Kenya will send eight judoka to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow ©Getty ImagesMarch 26 - Kenya is set to send eight judoka to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, according to National Judo Coordinating Board chairman Stephen Soi.

Speaking during a Commonwealth and Africa Youth Games pre-trials event at the General Service Unit training school gymnasium in Embakasi, Soi confirmed that the Kenyan Judo Association will conduct a series of trials and tournaments to determine the best possible team for the Games.

"I want to assure you that eight of you will represent the country in Glasgow," said the former Kenya Judo Association chairman, who is also assistant treasurer of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK).

"In addition, four of these young players will be heading to Gaborone for the Africa Youth Games set for May.

"We are going to conduct very fair selections to ensure we give every Judoka an opportunity to showcase his or her skills,

"We will be selecting the top player in each category for the Commonwealth Games."

The event in Embakasi saw a number of Commonwealth Games hopefuls contesting ahead of official trials for the Games.

Results saw Evans King'ara of the Kenyan Defence Force (KDF) easily win the under 100 kilogram category, with KDF teammate Joshua Omondi winning the under 90 kg category after defeating compatriot Johnson Kirimi.

Ken Muganda of Rongai was the winner of the under 60kg category ahead of Francis Murage of Kenyatta University and Patrick Ndegwa, also of Rongai, who finished second and third respectively.

In other categories, Malindi's Amos Aori won the under 81kg contest, Samuel Mbugua of Royale took the under 73 crown and KDF's Eddy Musumba won the under 66kg.

The woman's categories saw Alice Chebet of KDF win the under 78kg, Shirley Adhaimbo oame out on top in the under 55kg event and Alice Lokalel secure the under 70kg crown.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games are due to get underway on July 23 with the Closing Ceremony scheduled for August 3.

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