20 February 2013

Kenya: New Act Beckons

Naivasha — The Sports Act 2012 will be published at the end of the week, according to the Ministry of Sports permanent secretary, James waweru.

Speaking during the "Road to Rio 2016 Symposium in Naivasha, Waweru said he has been in contact with the government printer and has had assurances that the final document will be ready this week.

The Sports Act 2012 was assented to in January, 2013 by President Mwai Kibaki and is one of the strategies the government has put in place in order to succeed in the international sports competition.

But the Act will become operational once the Sports Minister has gazetted it.The Act addresses key issues including establishment of Sports Kenya, National Sports Fund, Kenya Sports Academy, Sports Dispute, Sports Registrar and Transitional Provisions.

According to the PS, the Act provides an avenue for developing a strategy for success in international sports competition."In 2005, the government came up with a Sports Bill through the sessional paper No. 3 on Sports Development, to guide the growth and development of sports in the country.

This policy has now been followed by an Act of Parliament. The stakeholders in sports now have no excuse whatsoever in case of a dip in the standards of any game. When fully implemented, the sports Act will guide the development of all sports disciplines," said Waweru.

Under the new dispensation, sports federations will have to register afresh with the Sports Registrar, a public officer, who will take over registration of sports clubs and sports organisations from the Registrar of Societies.

The federations will be given a one year period from the commencement of the Act to register with the sports registrar failure to which they will be considered null and void.

A specific sports dispute resolution mechanism is also stressed in the Act. The chairperson of the Tribunal and Constitution with the chief justice will guide sports fraternity in making rules governing the practice and procedure of the sports tribunal.

These rules are expected to lean heavily on Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS) policies so that they can effectively meet the objectives of the Sports Act.

Sports Kenya will be a marketable name hence a one stop shop for customers/clients, envisaging a well funded institution. The Sports Fund will avoid over dependence on government for funding as well as opening sports to private and corporate investment.

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