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Why Rugby in Kenya may not resume before November
By Eric Njiru | Fri 17 Jul, 2020 11:09

Resumption of full contact sport eg football and rugby in Kenya may take up to three months due to the current pandemic.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman was this week quoted by Capital FM saying there is a consideration to re-open sports activities in the country particularly non-contact.

Raga House understands the task-force set up by Sports CS Amina Mohamed to advise on the resumption of Sports is still engaging and will present their findings soon.

Plan is to start with non-contact then semi-contact and eventually full contact- where Rugby falls. 

Moving from non-contact to full contact will take approximately 90 days.

Moving from stage one to the next one will depend the behavior of the virus, Sport stakeholders and health measures.

“In most parts of the world, sports activities have opened up and it depends on the nature of the sport. I see no problem with non-contact sports, ours largely where we excel is in athletics and its an individual sport,  we would like to see a situation where our athletes can go out there and compete and bring fame and glory to our country. We will do what it takes to see that happen,” Aman said. 

This, as Raga House understands, will be dependent to Health protocols.

It will also depend on protocols set by individual federations eg Football Kenya Federation and Kenya Rugby Union through World Rugby. 

There hasn’t been much improvement since organized Sport was suspended in March as Covid-19 cases keep rising in Kenya.

Fans are set to be locked out of sport in the meantime. 

Eric Njiru
Award-winning, bold, independent Rugby Journalist and Radio Presenter in Kenya, Southern Hemisphere. Experience in Match-Day Reporting, News and Interviews. Covering Kenya 7s around the World. Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com +254726205521
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