NAIROBI， May 7 (Xinhua) -- Distance running powerhouse Kenya will unveil its much-awaited marathon squad for the Olympics mid next week， the country' s federation announced.
Athletics Kenya (AK) were expected to have named the team of six - three men and three women - for the August Rio Summer Games at a press briefing in Nairobi on Friday but the function was cancelled at the 11th hour.
Speaking on Friday night after a series of consultative meetings， AK President， Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jack Tuwei told journalist that the announcement had been deferred as the federation appointed a team of 10 coaches to vet the team selected before making it final.
"There is no harm in seeking for the expert opinion and advice and hence， we invited them to assist us in technicalities of the selection of the team we had picked，" Tuwei said.
"We did not want to make our own selection and be accused of having made misinformed decisions. We are likely to name the team by mid next week，" the former Army Chief at Kenya Defence Forces added.
Speculation mounted after the federation failed to name the team at the end of this week. AK had promised to declare the team soon after the culmination of the international spring marathon season at the end of April.
Eliud Kipchoge， who held on to his London title by blasting to the second fastest marathon of all time in a staggering 2:03:05 victory， is a firm favourite in the men' s squad.
Stanley Biwott， the New York champion， and Paris winner， Cyprian Kotut， and three-time London champion， Martin Lel are other favourites for the coveted Kenyan ticket.
KIGALI， May 7 (Xinhua) -- A Rwandan university student has won a scholarship to study the Chinese language in Beijing after winning the national Chinese language speaking competition.
Nsanzimana Sylvestre， 22， beat fellow students to emerge overall winner of the tight race in an event held on Friday afternoon， at the Confucius Institute at the University Of Rwanda College Of Education (Remera Campus) in the outskirts of the country's Capital， Kigali.
Sylvestre， who is a second year building and construction technology student at University of Rwanda (Nyagatare campus)， plans to teach Chinese language and culture after mastering them.
Sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in Rwanda and organized by Confucius Institute， the competition involved outstanding nine contestants from several universities in Rwanda learning the Chinese language.
The contest involved presenting speeches in Chinese; question and answer session on Chinese culture and also talent shows on Chinese cultures including dancing， and singing in Chinese and Kung fu (Chinese martial arts).
Speaking to Xinhua after winning， Sylvestre said that he was excited to win the contest because he had taken a considerable time to learn the language.
"It took me one year to study Chinese language. At the start I thought it was very difficult， but I realised it very easy to learn it due to good and friendly Chinese teachers. I am so proud of my achievement and I look forward to go to China to learn more of the language and culture，" he explained.
Sylvestre said that he will use the language to strengthen bilateral cultural and language exchanges between Rwandans and Chinese.
"I would like to become a teacher of Chinese language and culture so other Rwandan students can be able to speak Chinese when got an opportunity to study in China. I love Chinese language. It is an interesting language that I would encourage everyone to learn."