Government committed to expansion of sports facilities, says the President

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Aug 03, 2021
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta presents the National flag to Julius Yego captain of the Kenya Team to Moscow and Nancy Jebet Lanat, Assistant Captain during the flag presentation ceremony at State House, Na

President Uhuru Kenyatta has outlined the Government’s major plans for sports.

Critical components of the plan, the President said, include expansion of sports facilities to increase the country’s capacity to accommodate more disciplines.

President Kenyatta was speaking Friday at State House Nairobi gardens, when he hosted the Kenya Rugby Sevens team and Kenya’s team to the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia.

President Kenyatta said the Government intends to diversify sporting disciplines that the country can excel at to avoid over-reliance on traditional disciplines.

The President also said the national Government will fully support County governments to develop sporting facilities within their jurisdiction to accelerate the growth of sports at grass-root level.

He supported Athletics Kenya’s proposal to bid for the hosting of a world sports event in the country in two or three years time.

In this connection, President Kenyatta acknowledged the support extended by various corporate institutions to sports programmes in the country and invited other public and private enterprises to support the initiatives.

“Sport brands us as a people in a way we love to be seen. Therefore, our sportsmen and women are our blessing as a people.” he added.

On the national Athletics team heading to Moscow for the IAAF World Athletics Championship, President Kenyatta said their sterling performance at Daegu, South Korea, edition of the Championship raised national expectations.

their sterling performance at the Daegu, South Korea editionof the Championship have raised national expectations which are now your burden todischarge. It is not an easy task. But as I have said, we fully expect you to take up the

challenge and renew our pride 

He regretted the absence of some of the country’s defending champions, including World Record holder David Rudisha who are out of the competition due to injury and wished them quick recovery.