•The federation will this week release the list of all the candidates in readiness for the Congress.
•35 African Tennis Federations will be in attendance led by the current and outgoing CAT President, Tarak Cherif.
Tennis Kenya (TK) secretary-general, Wanjiru Mbugua Karani has thrown her hat into the ring for the position of Confederation of Africa Tennis (CAT) vice president ahead of the Annual General Meeting slated for Friday in Nairobi.
She will also be seeking to lead Zone IV Eastern Africa as the president. The former tennis player is hoping to revitalise the federation and ensure the sport grows considerably on the continent if given the mandate.
“I'm contesting for the position of vice president and my objective is to offer something different and grow the sport on the continent if elected,” she noted.
The federation will this week release the list of all the candidates in readiness for the congress. Mbugua said hosting the event here in Kenya is a big milestone for a country that has become the destination for the sport on the continent.
"It is an honour for Kenya to host the 50th CAT AGM and will be a new in African tennis leadership when a new president steps in. Kenya last hosted the CAT AGM in 2012. Hosting this elective AGM will also showcase Kenya’s capacity to hold big events like the ITF AGM in the near future, which Africa has held a few times,” said Karani
Karani noted that Kenya has made significant steps in hosting big events like the Billy Jean King Cup, as well as the Davis Cup and W15s tournaments.
"As a federation, we have made good progress in hosting such tournaments and we hope in the years to come, we get even bigger opportunities."
The AGM, which is the 50th will be an elective AGM with all three approved elective positions—presidency, zone Presidency and women representative up for contention.
A total of 35 African countries will be in attendance led by the current and outgoing CAT President, Tarak Cherif. ITF president, David Haggerty will grace the AGM. Cherif will not be seeking re-election as CAT President.
CAT is currently based in Tunis and works very closely with the ITF. The new dynamic has encouraged the ITF to delegate many projects to CAT.