SPORTS IN LIMBO

Another blow for recovering sports amid new Covid-19 restrictions

In his latest address to the nation on governments efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 and save lives,the President said they had to take stringent measures.

In Summary

• This in effect means the football league, the volleyball league, the rugby league and other sports that had started their season in conformity with the Ministry of Sports directives on resumption of sports are back to square one.

• Also set to be affected immensely are the Kenyan teams that have been preparing to take part in the Tokyo Olympics that have been scheduled for July.

World 800m bronze medalist Ferguson Kiprotich competes in the 400m men's race during the second leg of the AK Relay Series at Nyayo Stadium
World 800m bronze medalist Ferguson Kiprotich competes in the 400m men's race during the second leg of the AK Relay Series at Nyayo Stadium
Image: FILE

The immediate future of sports in the country hangs in the balance after President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended all sporting activities in the country indefinitely.

In his latest address to the nation on the government's efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, the President said they had to take stringent measures, restricting sporting activities being crucial.

While announcing the new measures, President Uhuru said: "That all sporting activities are hereby suspended, similarly operations of sporting and recreational facilities including members clubs are suspended until it is otherwise directed."

This in effect means the ongoing football leagues, volleyball leagues, rugby leagues, athletics meetings and other sports that had started their seasons in conformity with the Ministry of Sports directives on resumption of sports are back to square one.

Also set to be affected immensely are Kenyan teams that have been preparing for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in July.

The Kenya national boxing team Hit Squad has been in a residential camp preparing for the Tokyo Games. Hit Squad currently in Congo DR in a fine-tuning tournament ahead of the Olympics.

Olympic -bound national women's volleyball team Malkia Strikers as well as rugby teams Lionesses and Shujaa have also been training at the Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani.

Also in camp are athletes preparing for the Athletics Kenya national trials ahead of the World Relay Championships set for Poland in early May.

In addition to the suspension of sporting activities, the cessation of movements in and out of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Nakuru counties means different teams and individual athletes cannot move around and the Ministry of Sports and individual federations have a lot on their plate in finding the way forward for the sector.