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Promising young fencers in Kenyan slum poised for sport's positive effects

Updated: 2024-06-21 09:42
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Children observe Tsavora Fencing Mtaani club members during an outdoor training session in the Mathare area of Nairobi, Kenya, on June 9. LUIS TATO/AFP

A decade ago, life for Wanyoike in Mathare, one of the largest urban slums in Kenya, seemed worlds apart.

"I was in crime, I was a gangster," said Wanyoike, 27. He described how he was shot and lost two friends amid the violence that rattled the area.

But a second chance at life came in the form of a fencing coach, who spotted Wanyoike while he was working out. The young man quickly became attracted to the novel sport.

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