- Sports Chief Administrative Secretary Hassan Noor Hassan reveals only seven stadiums that are being upgraded across the country will be ready for opening at the end of the year.
Noor spoke on Monday when he opened the Kericho Green Stadium tartan track revealed Kipchoge, Marsabit, Meru, and Wote stadiums are some of the facilities that will meet the deadlines for implementation.
At the same time, he said that a task force report on the revival of sports on the backdrop of the Covid-19 outbreak will table its report in a week.
“The report is being fine-tuned as we seek to complete stadiums across the country which are at various stages of construction,” Noor said.
Leading by example, Kericho County Government Governor Paul Chepkwony, who is the chairman of the sports and youth sector in Council of Governors laid a tartan track which is ready for use by athletes. Green Stadium heralds a new chapter in sports in the county.
The stadium has won praises, a big motivation for budding and international athletes because they now have a standard track for training.
“It is important for other counties to benchmark on Kericho Green Stadium where a tartan has been laid at a cost of Sh35 million. It did not cost an arm and a leg to implement the project as would have been the case in other regions where taxpayers’ money has been squandered,” CAS Noor said.
“This is a classic example of where we want to take sports in this country. Counties should stop giving peripheral roles and funding to the sports department which has been devolved.
Kericho County has demonstrated that taxpayers’ cash can be put to good use so the youths’ talent can be nurtured,” CAS added.
Governor Chepkwony said the facility was put up with the help of sports experts from Japan who are still on the ground to continue implementing the project.
“We want the international sports bodies- Fifa and World Athletics Kenya, to tour the facility after we have made adjustments on areas that have been recommended by the technical team so that the stadium can be certified for use during major events.”
Professor Chepkwony also said the region was ready to host a half marathon race. He asked AK to consider the proposal.