Kenyan sport reeling from suspension of activities

Kenyan sport reeling from suspension of activities

This communication comes at a time when Kenyan sport was just embracing a full resumption after close to a year of inactivity and while the President may have valid reasons for the suspension of sport, were any considerations make to cushion sports organizations and athletes from this latest setback?  

Friday 26 March 2021 was a day like any another on the local sports scene, various disciplines and teams bracing for another round of action over the weekend. 

This was not to be! 

President Uhuru Kenyatta, in an address to the nation on Friday afternoon, suspended all sports actitivites as part of furtther measures in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic that continues to ravage Kenya and the rest of the world. 

This was a shock to many sports practitioners who were forced to cancel events lined up for the weekend. 

The governing bodies of Football, Rugby, Motorsport, Tennis, Athletics, Volleyball hurriedly drafted and released statements cancelling/suspending all activity. Some teams and athletes were already out of town and were forced to turn back to their home bases upon receipt of the President's communication. 

This communication comes at a time when Kenyan sport was just embracing a full resumption after close to a year of inactivity and while the President may have valid reasons for the suspension of sport, were any considerations made to cushion sports organizations and athletes from this latest setback?  

Remember many earn livelihoods either directly or indirectly through sport and now their revenue streams are again abruptly halted, and with no plans to cushion them/

Agreed, the third COVID19 wave takes predence, but spare a thought for our sports people who have again been left high and dry, facing an uncertain period ahead. 

 

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