CS Amina unveils protocols for sports resumption

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Sports federations and stakeholders have seven days to review and give their input on the draft resumption of sports protocols released by the ministry on Monday.

The guidelines were released in a virtual meeting by the sports Cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed. The virtual meeting brought together stakeholders and ministry officials.

Amina said from the recommendations given, the ministry will issue protocols to be followed.

She added that the protocols have been put in place to ensure sports activities resume in an enabling environment.

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“Due to the nature of the pandemic it was imperative to take a delicate and diligent process to satisfy the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization (WHO) directives on the same including on public participation. I hope we will be able to complete the exercise as soon as possible and roll out a sports calendar,” CS Amina said during the meeting.

The proposed protocols that have seen sports categorized from high risk to low risk will see some of the most stringent measures put in place owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The protocol report was put together by the advisory committee on resumption of sports activities chaired by the ministry’s Chief Administrative Secretary Hassan Noor Hassan.

“I want to thank the members of the committee for putting in the hard work to ensure that we have these guidelines ready. We have lost a lot of time this year and as you can see the school year has been lost and we don’t want to see the same for sports. We want to pick sports together and keep sports alive in the country,” added Hassan

The resumption of sport will take place in each six categories that have been put in three phases.

The first phase being dedicated to medical and athletes’ tests followed by the second phase where the players will be required to resume training individually for seven days before training in small groups for a week.

Then the third phase would come to collective training. Some of the non-contact sports set for reopening are athletics, volleyball, cricket, bowling, weightlifting, cycling, table tennis, lawn tennis, shooting and golf.

Sports considered as high risk are Rugby, boxing, judo, karate and wrestling.

Kenya is set to host World Athletics Continental Gold Tour in October as well as the Kenya Open Golf tournament in November with Harambee Stars set to host Comoros in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in the same month.

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