Kasarani comes alive this september hosting three tournaments concurrently

By elvince joshua
Sep 10, 2021

The facilities at the newly refurbished Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani will be put to test when it hosts three big championships this September. Kasarani will for the first time host the 2013 Safaricom Safari Sevens, the biggest Rugby bonanza in the country slated for September 20-22.

The biggest sports facility in Kenya is also expected to host to the Japan International Karate Championships from September 20, In addition to the Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) women’s Africa Cup of Nation which kick off from September 16th to 21st at the main gymnasium.

As is the tradition in the past editions, Safari sevens will be heavily guarded tournament with the venue secured at least three days before the match owing to the high tech machine.

“We’ll have enough security day and night in and around the stadium during the tournament,” Kenya Rugby Union Chairman, Mwangi Muthee said.

The same facilities are also expected to host the national men and women’s Hockey teams preparing for the Confederation of Africa Hockey Africa Cup of nations cum Olympics qualifiers.

Hockey teams to camp at Kasarani

The team will report for residential camp on September 16th with the games expected to kick off September 26th at the City Park Hockey stadium.

While arrangement for all the tournaments are going on smoothly, what could pose a challenge for the Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB), Safaricom Sevens and Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) is ensuring that both fans access the venue without any inconvenience.

While no one can access the rugby venue without paying, the situation is different in volleyball which is open to all members of the public for free and no screening is necessary.

“The gym is outside our security zone so there is no way other fans will walk into Safari sevens without paying,” said Sasha Mutai, chairman Safaricom Seven organizing committee.

The only option is to locate different gates for a section of fans as was proposed by KVF secretary general, Evans Wasike.

“They’ll need to compromise and make it in a way that people (volleyball fans) will make it to the gym without any problem,” advises Wasike.. SSMB however insists that proper arrangement ‘will be put in place to ensure that there is no any inconvenience caused to any group of the fans on the material day.’

“I haven’t thought in that line but we’ll make arrangement to that effect. Kasarani is big and there will be absolutely no any inconvenience for any of the fans,” assures SSMG Public Relations Officer, (PRO) Rakki Asman.