Sports lovers across the country have a reason to smile after the government said that it was ready to allow back sports activity in the coming weeks.
Three months after the government suspended sports due to Covid-19, the CS for Sports Dr Amina Mohamed said that they were working with stakeholders for a return to the field.
She was however quick to warn that strict health regulations would have to be observed and implemented before the sports continued.
“The Cabinet will be meeting soon to address the issue and we have engaged various stakeholders like KPL and the Ministry of Health on how players can return to field,” she said.
Amina noted that Nyayo and Kasarani stadiums which have been under repairs would be opened in the coming week ahead of the expected return to the field.
“On the 11th of June we shall have a virtual 200m race in Nyayo stadium as part of the preparations to return to the fields following the pandemic that has affected all sectors,” she said.
Amina was addressing the press after supervising works on the ongoing construction of a service bay in KWS Training institute in Naivasha for the World Championship Rally (WRC) which has been postponed to next year.
She said that despite the cancellation of the world event, the government was confident that it would take place in the country next year once the organizers set a new date.
“The championship was postponed due to the pandemic and we have decided to continue with ground works so that we are ready in time,” she said.
The CS assured environmentalists that the rally would not affect the ecosystem of Hellsgate national park where it would be held.
“We expect thousands of rally lovers in Naivasha during the period and we shall use the event to showcase our country’s potential and tourists destination,” she said.
On his part, the CEO World Championship Rally in Kenya Phineas Kimathi exuded confidence that the country would host the event next year despite the cancellations caused by Covid-19.
He said that the move to postpone the event had given the organizers more time to prepare ground work for the event that would be viewed by billions around the world.
“On a normal day Maasai Mara hosts over 800 cars and in Hellsgate there will be around 50 cars and the wildlife won’t be affected and this will be an opportunity to sell the national park,” he said.
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