Hope at last for contact-sports as gov’t to review guidelines


Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed addresses the media after supervising KCPE examination process at Moi ...
CS Amina Mohammed addresses the media at a past function. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • The Ministry of Sports is soon expected to ease restrictions imposed on contact-sports in the country.
  • The Ministry is set to hold a series of meetings this week to chart the way forward for sports disciplines that have international engagements.
  • Sports CS ambassador Amina Mohammed acknowledged the need for teams to start training if they are to compete effectively in international assignments.

The Ministry of Sports is soon expected to ease restrictions imposed on contact-sports in the country.

The Ministry is set to hold a series of meetings this week to chart the way forward for sports disciplines that have international engagements.

Sports CS ambassador Amina Mohammed acknowledged the need for teams to start training if they are to compete effectively in international assignments.

“On contact sports I think that’s a really important question. Although the protocols that we released said that our sports men and women could not undertake contact sports, I think we all know that they have been playing. So it’s something we are discussing with the Ministry of Health to see how we can support that with the right protocols of course,” said Amina.

An the same event the government unveiled a plan to plant 18 million trees in the next three years at different Safari Rally routes in Kenya to commemorate Kenya’s 18-year absence from the World Rally Championship calendar.

“Considering that the Rally did not happen this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, I hope we can revise our mark to 19 million trees to mark 19 years of Safari Rally absence in the country. Our aim is to plant 1.9 million trees this year,” she explained.  “This project will target parts of our wetlands affected by deforestation, traditional Safari Rally and Kenya Motor Sports Federation routes, the service park and the spectator stage at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.”

The WRC Safari Rally is to be held next year on June 24-27 after it was postponed in 2020 following the Covid-19 pandemic, making a return to Kenya after it was struck off the WRC calendar in 2002 due to financial problems and the inability to meet stringent demands set by the competition organisers.

Amina was speaking at the close of a four day WRC Safari Rally staff retreat in Mombasa.

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