- As the national Government through the Ministry of Sports led by Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed continues to upgrade the stadiums, Kericho Green Stadium has not been left behind as the Governor Prof. Paul Kiprono Chepkwony finally delivers one key plank in his manifesto.
The upgrading of the Kericho Green Stadium is in its final stages as the Laying of an artificial athletics track that meets the standards set by World Athletics inside the stadium has been completed. The effort was funded by the Kericho County government to the tune of Sh37 million. The contractor is expected to hand over the facility later this month.
“The county government has used Sh37 million to lay the artificial running track which has eight lanes and one for use by those officiating various competitions,” Governor Paul Chepkwony confirms.
The Youth, Gender, and Sports Committee of the Council of Governors chairman, Professor Chepkwony also confirms that the artificial track will be utilized for the next 15 years before it is replaced due to its high quality and was one of his key planks in his Manifesto to promote sports in the county.
“Laying of the artificial running track at the stadium was one of the key planks of my manifesto to promote sporting talents in the county which, unbeknown to many, is home to many world champions in athletics,” Chepkwony said.
In August last year, the stadium hosted the 2019 Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association (Kicosca) with Deputy President William Ruto presiding over the opening ceremony and closed by Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya.
The stadium is expected to hold more than 40,000 people up from the current 5,000 as more terraces will be constructed as part of work to upgrade the stadium.
“It is not by default that we hosted the 2019 Kenya Inter-Counties Sports and Cultural Association (Kicosca) Games in August last year after going through a tedious competitive process. Once laying of the artificial track is complete, we will be ready to hold regional and international track competitions,” he concluded.
Kericho Green Stadium has a rich history. Apart from being the home ground for the Kenyan Premier League club Kericho Zoo FC and the legendary Chumo, many athletes have honed their skills among others is Ferguson Rotich the 2019 world 800m bronze medalist.