CS Amina set to receive report on sports resumption plan

The Advisory Committee that was set up by the Ministry of Sports to draw up protocols required for the resumption of sporting activities in the country is expected to hand its report to Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed on Monday.

The committee, led by Chief Administrative Secretary in the ministry Hassan Noor Hassan, comprises representatives from federations as well as experts drawn from different sectors including two officials from the Ministry of Health.

While the report was expected to be handed to the CS today, Amina disclosed that the delay was caused by the need to reach out to more sports stakeholders.

Amina explained that the report will outline the finer details on how to resume sporting activities in the country which were suspended on March when Kenya confirmed its first coronavirus case.

“I am expecting the report to come out on Monday, I was actually expecting it on Friday (today) but we must engage all stakeholders. The idea is to see how we can open up within the guidelines of the Ministry of Health but at the same time be able to enjoy and participate in sports,” Amina told NTV on Thursday.

She added: “The report will tell us how many people can engage in these events, how many people can be invited to the stadium, how many support staff will be so that we have sanitizers and even hand washing points”.

The committee developed a detailed questionnaire to collect views of the stakeholders including sportspeople as well as support personnel.

Upon receiving the report, Amina is expected to announce the way forward for the sporting activities in the country.

On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the ban of movement in and out of Nairobi Metropolitan, Mombasa and Mandera counties while the dusk to dawn curfew was extended for a further 30 days.

Similarly, the ban on social gatherings was also extended by 30 days.

Elsewhere, Amina has downplayed fears that Kenyan athletes may miss out on travelling to European countries to compete in races following the travel ban to Schengen states.

“We have had discussion with European Union and we have an assurance that they are going to treat this case as exception and I don’t think that is going to be a big issue at all,” said Amina