K.R.U contemplates pulling out of International assignments

K.R.U contemplates pulling out of International assignments

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The Kenya Rugby Union has been facing financial constraints over the past few months after main sponsors, Sportpesa withdrew their financial support for the sport.

In light to Sportpesa’s withdrawal the government promised give financial support to board for them to cater for all rugby activities, but in the latest development K.R.U confirms it is yet to receive the agreed amount from the government.

Out of the Ksh 124m that was presented to and accepted by the Ministry of Sport only  Ksh 31 million was  dispatched in early February with the amount with the amount  being  used to support the national squads in various assignments.

K.R.U also confirms that no further payment has been received to date despite assurances to the contrary and  operations of the K.R.U have ground to a halt at a time when the two national squads, Simba and Shujaa are preparing for critical assignments in the coming days.

The Simbas are set to begin their fifteens Rugby World Cup qualification process with a match away to Morocco on June 23 and will have four other fixtures and training programs between now and August.

Shujaa are preparing for the sevens Rugby World Cup tournament in San Francisco in July, a tournament where they have reached the cup semis twice in a row (2009 and 2013).

In the absence of Government support, K.R.U is now considering pulling all its representative squads out of international assignments.

Adressing on the issue at the Paris sevens where the national team failed to don the Make it Kenya branded jerseys in all their matches K.R.U confirmed it will take action to make sure the matter doesn’t happen again.

Make it Kenya are the official shirt sponsors for the Kenya Sevens team, Shujaa.

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