In Summary
  • Uganda came in second through William Osie and Joel Adupe having 57 strokes
  • The sport is played using a wooden stick with a bottle-shaped end used to hit the wooden ball in patterns created all over the field known as gates
  • For one to win, he has to use a maximum of 12 or less strokes before getting the wooden ball to the gate

The first African Woodball Championships came to a close on Friday with Kenya’s Peter Waweru and David Wairimu winning gold medal in the men’s doubles with a combined 51 strokes at the United States International University.

Uganda came in second through William Osie and Joel Adupe having 57 strokes. Cirus Makutha and Nelson Kipkunei from Uganda finished third.

The outdoor sport popular in Asian countries like Malaysia and Taiwan was introduced in the country in 2009 at Kenyatta University.

The sport is played using a wooden stick with a bottle-shaped end used to hit the wooden ball in patterns created all over the field known as gates. At the end of every gate there is a scoring post made with two bottled-shaped pins and one wine glass-shaped pin.

The players are categorised into singles (one player per team), doubles (two players per team) and mixed doubles (a man and a woman in the one team). It also has the men and women teams separately.

For one to win, he has to use a maximum of 12 or less strokes before getting the wooden ball to the gate. If you use more than 12 strokes or hit the wooden ball using the stick (mallet) out of the gated pattern you lose. There are 24 gates all over the field.

WOMEN'S DOUBLES

Kenya has mostly university students participating since the Ministry of Sports has not yet recognised the game hence they cannot support a national team.

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