Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Girls Rugby 7s National Championship that was scheduled for this weekend July 9-10 at Kisii School has been postponed.
In a circular sent to member teams by KRU Age Grade and Women Rugby Coordinator, Mr. Nicholas Aballa cited financial hiccups as the main reason the tournament has been postponed.
Aballa was, however, apologetic and quick to dust off fears of the tournament not happening at all this year, saying, "Sincere apology to all the teams, it should, however, be noted that it's postponed and not canceled."
Another reason for the postponement of the event was due to congestion in the secondary school calendar and being an electioneering year, the Union decided to push the event ahead to pave way for the two events before rescheduling the championship later this year with Aballa assuring member teams that competition will be held this year as early planned.
"There will be girls national 7s 2017," Aballa emphasized, adding, "Logistics are being worked out. Kindly bear with us at the moment."
KRU Girls Rugby 7s Championship is an initiative of the Kenya Rugby Union as part of the Get Into Rugby program under the docket of Age Grade and Women's Rugby Coordinator. It is aimed at developing girls rugby skills from the tender age across the country.
It started in 2015 with Lake Region champions Barchando Girls crowned the inaugural edition national champions hosted in Nyeri while Nakuru Day School won the second edition hosted in Nairobi.
This year's edition after the conclusion of the regional competitions is scheduled to be hosted by KRU District II (Nyanza Region) at Kisii School and the in charge KRU Regional Development Officer (RDO) Mr. Ouko Laban Bosire is optimistic the event will be held this year despite the postponement.
"KRU has confirmed that the event has been postponed to a later date this year and if all goes well, the event is likely to be held in the second week of September," RDO Ouko Laban Bosire said, adding that his region is still optimistic of hosting the championship in September.