KHU train eyes on 2021 after ‘lost’ season


Sliders players reacts during their Ladies Kenya Hockey Union League match against Telkom at City ...
(FILE)Sliders players reacts during their Ladies Kenya Hockey Union League match against Telkom at City Park Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on November 12, 2017. Telkom won 3-0. Photo/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • At the same time, the KHU chief explained that the Union is weighing up the option of having tournaments once they are given a clean bill of health.
  • Affected by the pandemic were the top tier, the Super League and Nationwide League - which would all by now be at the final bend.

The Kenya Hockey Union is turning its attention to 2021 in the wake of a lost season ravaged by Covid-19.

KHU was forced to halt all its leagues this term as Kenya battled the coronavirus pandemic and the Union’s boss Nahashon Randiek says its now all too clear that the domestic competitions which were halted in March cannot be restarted hence the need to shift focus to the new term.

Affected by the pandemic were the top tier, the Super League and Nationwide League – which would all by now be at the final bend.

“We are in November and there is no way we can commence and conclude the league in two months, so forget about it (league). We are now thinking about the new league in 2021,” Randiek told Citizen Digital.

With hockey being among the contact sports that have not received green light from the Ministry of Sports to resume, Randiek said they have already developed protocols for safe resumption .

“We are really prepared and ready for action. We have come up with protocols that we have already submitted to the ministry and I am sure if it were not for the second wave of the virus we would have been cleared to resume,” said Randiek.

At the same time, the KHU chief explained that the Union is weighing up the option of having tournaments once they are given a clean bill of health.

“We will have tournaments and we are considering playing the Hockey 5s format in order to comply with the protocols as it is safer and takes a shorter time as well. At the moment our teams have resumed training however in small groups,” he said.

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