- With the sports activities around the world are notably slowly creeping back after months of halt, the Ministry of Sports has set up a team to prepare for the resumption of sports activities in the country.
As the European countries and a section of African nations are slowly starting to open up their spaces for the resumption of sports though, under strict guidelines, Kenya has not been left behind with the Ministry constituting machinery.
Led by Principal Secretary Joe Okudo the team is set to advise on the resumption plan once the COVID-19 situation is dealt with, Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has stated.
“We have constituted a team to look at it and they will be advising on when to open. The team is led by the PS and of course, working closely with the Ministry of Health so that we ensure when we return we do so within safe parameters,” CS Amina said on Tuesday.
Although all football league seasons have been canceled, there is hope for some other sports discipline with Athletics, Rugby, Basketball, Hockey, and Volleyball set to restart.
In rugby, the Kenya Cup was headed to the play-off stage and despite an earlier decision by the Union to cancel the season, clubs appealed and the decision was lifted.
Speaking at the Nyayo National Stadium while distributing food packages to women athletes from football, cricket, rugby, and the Paralympics in partnership with Care Package Foundation, run by former Cricket Kenya chief Jackie Jan Mohammed, Amina stated that the resumption will help relive the sportspersons.
“It relieves some of the challenges they were facing of trying to meet some basic needs and we have got some good response with people coming on board. We would like to reach about 1,800 who are most vulnerable and so far we have reached almost 1,000,” said CS Amina.
Meanwhile, Jan Mohamed said they hoped to be doing the exercise every two weeks depending on whether they get increased funding from their partners.
“We have received very good feedback and we want to thank the President for launching this package,” Mohamed noted.