Global-local examination of athletics in Kenya
Byron, Kipchumba Chelimo
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Research on globalization and sport has generated an increased interest among scholars, especially in the area of mega events. However research on globalization and sports as pertains to localized communities particularly in the African continent is scant. These communities have become involved in global sports and have become entangled with multinational corporations. The purpose of this study was to understand the effects of globalization on KapTuiyoot athletics sport community in Kenya. The theoretical perspectives that guided this study were social critical and practice theories. Interviews were used to collect data for this study. Thematic analysis was used to determine emerging themes. The findings of this study encompassed several themes that include: agents of sport socialization, foreign involvement in Athletics, consequences of athletics globalization on community development, community projections for future developments. The significance of this study lies in the generation new knowledge on localized sport communities in an African context. The implications derived from this study include development of a sport policy that allows for the expansion of sports field for the youth and training of coaches and managers to enhance sport participation both locally and internationally.