Kenya ‘not ready’ for sports restart


Triza Atuka (R) blocks Edith Wisa's strike during their training session at Kasarani Indoor Arena ...
Triza Atuka (R) blocks Edith Wisa's strike during their training session at Kasarani Indoor Arena on August 24, 2018. Malkia strikers are preparing ahead of the Volleyball Women’s Championship set for 29th September to 20th October in Japan. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • National Assembly Sports Committee member Charles Nguna is sceptical of Kenya’s ability to re-open sports activities, four months after they were banned by the government over the coronavirus pandemic
  • The Mwingi West MP says resumption of sports activities will require maximum discipline and draconian guidelines to ensure safety of players and also prevent infection rate rise

National Assembly Sports Committee member Charles Nguna is sceptical of Kenya’s ability to re-open sports activities, four months after they were banned by the government over the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mwingi West MP says resumption of sports activities will require maximum discipline and draconian guidelines to ensure safety of players and also prevent infection rate rise.

The legislator believes Kenya has done little for the anticipation of the reopening of the sector which is bound to lose close to Sh5 billion this year owing to the recess caused by the crisis.

Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed is yet to announce the way forward for the sporting activities, one month after receiving a return-to-action recommendations report from the advisory committee she formed in June.

“We’re not ready at all because nothing has been done to ensure safety when sports resume. It will be suicidal to return to action without proper guidelines of controlling large numbers of fans and also without structures like testing kits for our athletes.’’

He added: “The leagues which have reopened around the world had laid down return-to-action plans before and that’s why they have not experienced a resurgence of infections. Our athletes will also require a high level of discipline to ensure the protocols are followed,” he said.

The legislator said the Sports Committee will offer guidance to the Ministry of Sports once they receive the task force’s report from CS Amina.

“Returning to action will require input of all the stakeholders and we are ready to advise on the best way to revive the sector. We’re aware our athletes are suffering but we will not risk reopening at the expense of our health,’’ he added.

Zambia was forced to cancel its top flight, the Super League, following a steady rise in infections with clubs flouting medical protocols. The league had resumed in July after the pandemic shutdown.

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