Sports resumption: Lung’aho calls for a ‘bottom-up’ approach


The national women's volleyball coach David Lung'aho reacts during the 2015 FIVB World Cup in Japan. ...
(FILE)The national women's volleyball coach David Lung'aho reacts during the 2015 FIVB World Cup in Japan. PHOTO | FIVB

In Summary

  • Lung'aho, the former Malkia Strikers tactician also urged Kenyan athletes to prepare for the 'new norm' once the ministry announces full resumption.
  • According to the draft, the first phase of reopening will see athletes’ tests followed by the second stage where the players will be required to resume training individually for seven days before training in small groups for a week, paving way for the third and last where collective training will be allowed.
  • Sports activities in Kenya were banned by the government four months ago over the coronavirus pandemic.
Chief Volleyball Writer

Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) technical director and Kenya Prisons men team head coach David Lungáho has urged the Ministry of Sports to consider adopting a’bottom-up’ approach in its implementation of sports return protocols.

The volleyball supremo lauded the government for laying the groundwork ahead of the anticipated sports resumption, but he believes grass roots sport should be the first to return before the full reopening of the sector, to ensure safety.

A section of stakeholders are calling for special attention to the return of national teams to training first, in readiness  for the upcoming international assignments but Lungáho is urging for systematic return, beginning from the grassroots.

“The bigger the match, the bigger the competition, and the more complicated those mitigating actions will have to be – and therefore the less likely it is that they can be implemented safely. In this regard we should consider reopening gradually and allow the grass root sports first before reopening fully.

“So, an event that involves lots of travel across the country, or between countries, is much more complicated. A local event – community football or volleyball is much easier to see how that happens. Bigger events can be a big challenge because the country is not yet safe from the coronavirus pandemic,” he told Citizen Digital.

On Monday, Sports CS Amina Mohammed released draft guidelines in a detailed report on sports restart in the country further directing stakeholders to give their views – in a period of seven days – on the report, before the Ministry puts together the final protocols.

Lung’aho, the former Malkia Strikers tactician also urged Kenyan athletes to prepare for the ‘new norm’ once the ministry announces full resumption.

“The draconian guidelines from the government are to ensure there’s no steady rise in infections once we restart and we should ensure we follow them to the latter to avoid another forced-stop. However, it will be a challenge but we must follow all the protocols laid down by the ministry,” he added.

According to the draft, the first phase of reopening will see athletes’ tests followed by the second stage where the players will be required to resume training individually for seven days before training in small groups for a week, paving way for the third and last where collective training will be allowed.

Sports activities in Kenya were banned by the government four months ago over the coronavirus pandemic.

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