Kenya: Korir - Government Walking the Talk in Stadium Building

opinion

There is progress on the upgrade and construction of stadiums around the country if the events of the past one month are anything to go by.

Of course, this is what we have always wanted, and by look of things, our dream as sportsmen and women will soon be realised.

For years, stadiums in Kenya have been an eyesore and for a very long time, we have been forced to rely on Kisumu's Moi Stadium, Moi International Sports Centre (Kasarani) and the Nyayo National Stadium to hold our events, even though the two have equally had a share of their challenges over the last three years.

But thanks to Sports Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed, things are coming together again and there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

Let me just say I admire CS Amina's energy levels if her tour of stadiums in the last one month is anything to go by. She has been all over just to ensure things are moving in as far as stadia development is concerned.

Lets just say she is a regular visitor at the Nyayo National Stadium, where things have taken shape with only the tartan track remaining to seal ground.

There are also renovations going on at Kasarani as the country prepares to host the World Athletics Continental Tour and the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in due course.

A week ago, the CS officiated the ground breaking ceremony for the 30,000 sports complex at the Kisumu ASK ground in Mamboleo. The stadium, we are told, will have facilities for football, rugby, tennis and hockey among other disciplines.

She said the facility forms part of the government's expansive plans to promote sports across the country.

She had earlier been at the Kip Keino Stadium, Eldoret, where she wanted the job to be completed.

Her able assistant Hassan Noor Hassan, was also at the Kamariny Stadium on the same mission and other Sports Kenya officials were at Ruring'u in Nyeri.

Just the other day, Nandi County set aside Sh70 million to complete the Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Kapsabet while in Nairobi, the City Stadium will get a new artificial turf by next month courtesy of the county government.

The City Stadium is the country's oldest stadium and is likely to host Premier League matches again in the near future.

Meru's Kinoru Stadium is also almost ready for handover, and I guess we should prepare to host some of the athletics events there. Many other grounds are also in progress around the country.

For years, our athletes have trained in abject venues but performed wonders in world class facilities, so you can imagine how good they will be in quality facilities.

For once, I believe the government is walking the talk and all we can do is to support them.

The author is the chairman of Athletics Kenya's Nairobi branch. 

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