THE Dilapidated Kipchoge Stadium in Uasin Gishu County is set to get a face lift after one of the Chinese investors agreed to fund its renovation to a tune of Sh2 billion. Uasin Gishu governor, Jackson Mandago, said the county secured the loan following a recent tour to China when he accompanied president Uhuru Kenyatta.
The funds, Mandago said will be used in upgrading the status of the stadium named in honour of the legendary Kichoge Keino including the counties' second stadium 64 and the work is expected to kick off in December this year.
Before that, however, the governor said representatives funding the project will tour the county on a feasibility study of the project, which he revealed, will be constructed to international standards.
He said it was saddening to see the county which is considered to be the 'Home of Champions' due to impeccable credentials of its long distance runners hosting one of the most deplorable stadium in the country. " Our stadium which our elite runners are suppose to be training is now dry field of maize and wheat farmers in the county," he said.
He said the funding by the Chinese investor will not only uplift the image of the stadium but also the county as a home to sportsmen and women.
Mandago said he is optimist the county will be the first in the country to have a state of art stadium in line with the national blue print and vision 2030. In 2003, the government set aside Sh200 million towards the revamping of Kipchoge Keino Stadium. However, the work is yet to be completed to date with the project contractor accusing the government for failing to release full amount the completion of the project.