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Kenya 7s to withdraw from Sevens World Cup
By Eric Njiru | Wed 13 Jun, 2018 10:09

Kenya Sevens will not compete at the 2018 Sevens World Cup if the government does not fund them, says Kenya Rugby Union chairman Richard Omwela. 

Kenya 7s need Ksh7m to go to camp, travel and play at the World Cup to be held at San Franciso Bay, USA from 20-22 July. 

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"A World Cup should be funded by government because this is not World Sevens Series. All we need is to have the team in camp then travel to San Francisco. Good thing is we have a team in place so we just need facilitation." said Omwela in an exclusive interview with Raga House

Kenya 7s returned from Paris on Monday evening and are scheduled to resume training on Thursday June 21. 

"If we don't get any one to fund us, Government or any sponsor, we will write to World Rugby and tell them look here, we are unable to travel to San Francisco," adds Omwela.

Kenya Sevens qualified for the 2018 Sevens World Cup by virtue of making 2013's quarterfinals in Moscow. 

"There is this thing of Government stepping in at the last (possible) minute which doesn't help. They wait till the last minute to come on board but it does not help at all."

Omwela sentiments came a day after Sports CS Richard Echesa said he would summon KRU officials over the incident at Paris 7s that saw Kenya 7s mask off sponsor's name."

"The Fiasco in Paris was as a result of the sh 4m we received from Brand Kenya which the players were to get Sh100,000 each but we had agreed they would get the cash when they return from France so where the move to mask off the sponsor's name came from I don't know."

"We presented a budget of 124m to the government earlier in the year to cover Kenya 7s, Kenya Simbas, Women's team and Under 20s but they only gave us 31m in Feb and clearly that has been exhausted now."

"The 15s team has committed to play the Africa Gold Cu because that's taken care of by Rugby Afrique but they will not be able to go to camp. We would have loved to camp in Southern Europe than camping in South Africa and head to Nairobi then Morocco and back to Nairobi again."

Since Sportpesa pulled out of rugby sponsorship, where they were KRU's headline sponsor, the sevens team have seen their bonus shelved. 

KRU have however been able to pay salaries apart from for the month of May which Omwela says will be sorted. 

Eric Njiru
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