In March 2020, the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage called for a cessation of sports competitions and group sports activities in the country following the reporting of the first positive cases of Covid-19 in Kenya. Indeed, the sporting world came to a standstill with various major international competitions either put on hold or cancelled altogether as the coronavirus continued to spread.
Principally, the world’s greatest sporting showcase – the Olympic Games in Tokyo – initially scheduled for July 24 to August 9, was postponed to the same time next year. In Kenya, we also saw the postponement of three major global sports events: WRC Safari Rally, the World Athletics Under-20 Championships and the Magical Kenya Open Golf Championships. On June 30, I appointed the Resumption of Sports Advisory Committee to draw up protocols for the resumption of sporting activities in Kenya following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Committee drew its membership from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, the Ministry of Health, Sports Health practitioners, Sports Stakeholders and other eminent professionals in the sports industry.
The key brief for the Advisory Group was to engage stakeholders, analyze the Covid-19 situation in the country, learn from other jurisdictions and offer advice on the best way forward as Kenyan sport prepares to resume.
The Advisory Committee, under the Chairmanship of the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry, Hon. Hassan Noor Hassan, commenced its work immediately thereafter, engaging stakeholders, undertaking an environmental outlook and eventually proposing the Guidelines.
I would like to thank the Advisory Committee Chairman for the hard work that he and his team put up to make sure this report is complete and comprehensive despite the limited time for its delivery.
I would also like to thank my colleague in the Ministry of Health, Hon. Mutahi Kagwe for the support in developing, reviewing and approving these guidelines. I call upon all stakeholders to comply to the guidelines which we shall keep reviewing from time to time as the COVID 19 Pandemic evolves.
Hon. Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohamed, EGH, CAV
Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage