- The 18-man advisory committee set up by the Ministry of Sports to oversee the possibility of sports resumption in the country is awaiting Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed to present their report on the possibility of the return of sporting activities to the national government.
The sports CS is in Switzerland, where she is among the six candidates battling to become the next head of the World Trade Organization.
Chief Administrative Secretary at the ministry, Hassan Noor Hassan, who chaired the committee, said the final draft will be handed to the government once his boss returns and gives the recommendations a clean bill of health.
However, Noor admitted that the much-awaited communication from the ministry had delayed due to Amina’s absence.
“The final draft is being worked on and as soon as the CS comes back, we will go through it and present it to the national government. The report was supposed to be out earlier in the month but we have to universally endorse it before handing it over,” he revealed
Yesterday, Thursday, Hassan lauded the National Olympic Committee of Kenya for sourcing the materials during the distribution of training gear to various teams that have already qualified for the Olympics.
Teams to benefited are the Malkia Strikers, Shujaa, Kenya Lionesses, Kenya boxing team, taekwondo exponents, and marathon team. The gears worth approximately Sh 600,000
“The training gear will help our athletes to keep fit for the time sporting activities are suspended. The qualification window is still open and I laud federations which are preparing the athletes to book slots in the main event,” Noor said.
Finally, Hassan pledged to roll his sleeves and gather more resources towards the support of vulnerable athletes.
The ministry has in the past months, cushioned athletes who have been economically affected by the coronavirus. Hassan reiterated their commitment to oversee the program to next month and even in the subsequent months.
“We have been cushioning them in the past and we are looking to extend the helping hand until August. We continue to engage various stakeholders to pool more resources in support of the initiative,” he concluded.